...there are still honest people willing to do a good deed!
Nipped into town this afternoon with Cameron and parked up at some on-street parking. As the shop I wanted was literally yards away I didn't bother getting a Pay and Display ticket.
Popped into a shop just near where I parked, didn't have what I wanted, so was going to go to another shop that may have had. As it was a little distance away I nipped back to the car to get a buggy for Cameron as it'd be quicker to get there and I also needed to get a parking ticket. Nipped into a shop to buy a drink to basically get some change for the Pay & Display machine as I had none.
Got to the shop, they had what I wanted, and went to get my wallet. "Uh oh!", no wallet!
I knew I had it with me as I'd just bought the drink to get change, so assumed I'd placed it in the boot of the car when I was sorting out Cameron and getting the buggy out, so headed back to the car. Hadn't quite got there when my mobile rang. It was the Police. She started off saying "It's nothing to worry about..." and before she finished I clicked why she was ringing "You've got my wallet haven't you?" - as that was the only reason I could think why they would be ringing me. "Yes, we do" was answer.
The station was near where I'd just come from at the other shop so headed back there. Got there and she asked me to describe what was in the wallet. "I can do better than that." I said, "I'll tell you the 16 digit number of the debit card in there". She looked at me as if to say "Yeah, right" but asked me to so do. Rattled off the number to her, much to her surprise and got the wallet back.
Asked her how she got my mobile number so quickly. She explained and it was down to a bit of clever work on her behalf after coming across a particular account card in my wallet.
Asked her where it was found - right by the car by the sounds of it, so I'd dropped it whilst sorting out Cameron/buggy etc.
Asked if she could tell me the phone number of the person who found it and handed it in, she couldn't (Data Protection) and she'd forgotten to ask the guy if it was okay to give his details if I'd asked. She said she could ring him to pass on my thanks. As that was about all I could do I said I'd appreciate if she did.
There wasn't much in the wallet - debit card, Staples account card, some loyalty cards and bit of cash (£25) - but the whole hassle to be without the debit card at the weekend whilst waiting for a new one would've been a PITA.
From where the guy found it to where the Police Station is a reasonable walk/distance, so for him to have actually bothered to hand it in in the first place and to have made the effort to walk to the Police Station was, I thought, really good of him. I'd have done the same if I found a wallet, as that's the sort of person I am, but you do wonder whether someone else would do the same for you. Reassuring to see that there are people that would. Others would have either kept it, taken the cash, just left it where they found it or tried to use the debit card dishonestly!
So, nice to see that there are still people out there that retain our faith in society.