SCUGOG: It was a typical night for Bill Sherman, owner of the Ashes Away Chimney sweep company, as he drove to watch a volleyball game, at RH Cornish Public School in Port Perry. Afterward, as he came out to leave, he realized that the work van he had arrived in was gone.
After eliminating all other possibilities, such as a towing, he realized that his van had to have been stolen. Upon that conclusion, Bill's work helper and friend, Dan Lockhart, suggested that he use technology to help out. Working quickly Dan posted a photo of the van on Facebook, which had been recently taken in order show the company's ad on its side (pictured), this made it instantly recognizable. Along with the photo, Dan also included a minor description of the incident that had taken place.
The very next day, Bill received a phone call informing him his van had been spotted, and exactly where it was located. Bill called the police, who came and took fingerprints at the scene, they told Bill his van was likely the victim of a joyride.
Amazingly enough, the van was left intact. All of the on board tools, equipment, and even the ladder remained. This was an extra relief because it meant no downtime for Bill and his company. Business was able to resume that same day.
Like many things in daily life, depending on who you speak to, technology is viewed with its own positives and negatives.
In the case of trying to locate something important, and with the help of others, using Facebook as a medium turned out brilliantly.