A family from George banded together and used their resources to help return a wallet to a local student – who had not yet even realised it was missing.
Mienie Joseph, who is an employee of the George Municipality, was with her husband Mario and friend Montay le Roux when the group noticed a wallet resting on the step below a bakkie’s door.
“Mario jumped out, snapped the wallet up, knocked on the window of the bakkie and showed the wallet. The driver must have misunderstood what Mario was trying to demonstrate and waved him off,” the municipality said in a statement.
Upon further investigation, the group found a student card in the wallet. “I saw a student card and was so worried this child needed to be at an exam or something, but there wasn’t a contact number anywhere in the wallet,” Mienie said. “Then I realised my son Wilbur Joseph, a traffic officer, may be able to track her down using the driver’s licence. It took a few phone calls, but Wilbur eventually got hold of the owner of the wallet and arranged to meet her to return the wallet.”
When a pair of siblings arrived to collect the wallet, they said that were amazed to find people who are still so honest and that strangers made such effort. They were also surprised to find that all the money that was left in the wallet was still there.
The two gave the family a card to say thank you. “When we received your phone call we hadn’t even realised yet that it was missing. Our best wishes go with you,” the card read.