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Lost and Found
Student recovers squirrel-stolen ID, Residential Life apologizes for employeeâ€™s insult
By Justin Fritscher
April 19, 2006
Greg Joubert held his recently found Tiger Card Monday on the Unionâ€™s front steps. It was the same card a squirrel stole 2 1/2 weeks ago near Joubertâ€™s Louise Garig dorm room.
Joubert, industrial engineering freshman, recovered the card shortly before leaving for spring break from East Lavilleâ€™s lost and found.
â€œIt was found by a tree near East Laville,â€ said Joubert, who transferred to the University from Georgia Tech this semester.
Meagan Stewart, Joubertâ€™s girlfriend and communication studies freshman, said an anonymous student turned his card in to East Lavilleâ€™s front desk, where she works.
â€œI was going to take my shift, and one of the guys said, â€˜I found squirrel boyâ€™s ID,â€™â€ Stewart said.
Stewart said the student found the card in the garden in front of the dormitory.
â€œ[The squirrel] somehow got the ID to East Laville,â€ Joubert said.
Joubert said he dropped his ID card from his third-floor window to his girlfriend below him on the ground. He said the card landed on the ground, and before Stewart could get the card, a squirrel snatched it and climbed a nearby tree.
â€œShe heard a chirping noise and saw this flash,â€ Joubert said. â€œI guess he was thinking he could make a home out of it.â€
Stewart said she was bringing Joubert some groceries when Joubert dropped the card to her.
â€œThe sun was in my eyes, and I saw a blur,â€ Stewart said. â€œI heard the ID land, and it happened really fast.â€
Stewart said she saw a squirrel dart up a tree with something in its mouth.
Joubert said he had heard about the aggressive nature of local squirrel before transferring to the University.
â€œI just got here this semester, and I heard before how crazy the squirrel were,â€ Joubert said.
Joubert said he has received attention from the squirrel incident.
â€œI never thought it would turn into this two weeks later,â€ Joubert said.
He said some friends from Atlanta, where he attended Georgia Tech last semester, heard about the squirrelâ€™s crime and Joubertâ€™s misfortune.
The squirrelâ€™s theft had instigated a complaint by a Residential Life administrator, which was later followed with apologies.
â€œI got an e-mail apologizing later followed by a phone call,â€ Joubert said. â€œIt was awesome that Residential Life was asking me for forgiveness.â€
Joubert replaced his card shortly after it was stolen.
â€œWhat was funny was getting the new ID card,â€ Joubert said. â€œI said, â€˜The squirrel took my ID. Do I still have to pay for a new one?â€™â€
Joubert paid $15 to replace his squirrel-stolen card.
Joubert said he has learned his lesson.
â€œI havenâ€™t thrown my card out of the window since,â€ Joubert said. â€œI come down the stairs for now on.â€