Beautiful People

Yesterday, June 21st 2015, I was in the next town over, Folkestone, waiting in line to buy tickets for my son’s performance. I went to check my phone, and it was gone. As I have a Galaxy Note 3, it is not easy to misplace in a pocket. I still patted all pockets and found nothing. My daughter and I started to retrace our steps, and she rang my phone to see if we could hear it. A woman answered.

She said she had found the phone on the floor and was going to take it to the Vodafone shop (phone provider I am with) but it was closed. She agreed to head towards us so she could give me the phone back.

When we met, I thanked her and offered her money as a reward for finding it. She refused saying that giving it back to me was payment enough.

People like her are few and far between and in this world with murders, deaths, muggings, kidnappings and worse, having someone like her is a miracle. I didn’t think to ask for her name, I wish I had done so I could thank her properly.

So if she ever does manage to see this …

May 2015 (128)

49 thoughts on “Beautiful People

  1. This is beautiful. I am glad a good person found it. In the last few months I have found a phone and another time a purse with £125 cash in it and all of the person’s credit/store cards. The police collected them from me and the person got their purse/money back. Good job I found that.

    • I imagine they were very grateful. It actually made me giggle as I thought “The police collected them from me as they saw me take it from their handbag” :mrgreen:

      • I don’t drive; so they had to collect the items from my home, I found them separately on different occasions. When I phoned the police about the purse; I had to tell them everything that was in it, so they could try to contact the owner somehow.

          • That’s what I meant to say. it wagon a bench outside of Boots and she had reported it stolen to the police. A young guy was sat on the other side of the bench and I asked if it was his and he said no, so I took it home so I could call the police and report it.

  2. Karma my friend. – You are a good person!
    Thanks for visiting my latest haibun.
    I have fun mashing prompts these days.
    Even though I sort of have the summer free.
    The grandees had their birthdays – they are 5 and 2 now.
    This month our sons will have theirs… eek where does the time go?

    • Time vanishes faster than money out of the bank. Although it’s a pretty close run thing 😉 My son wasn’t a teenager when me and his mother separated, and he’s twenty next year. It’s mad.

      And you’re welcome 🙂 I enjoy visiting your blog, I have it on weekly digest, so normally just read it from the email when I have the time, but thought I would come by and say hi this time 🙂

    • I really hope she can see it, although the chances of that are pretty slim. I know by posting this though, it is the least I can do to show my appreciation of her

  3. Wow ! What a scare and relief ! There are some honest people around, thank heavens.

    I have heard on the grapevine that you have been taking a break from blogging Alastair. We all need to do that sometimes.

    Have a great week. Ralph 😀

  4. I think these situations are presented to remind us that there are many good people still in this world. The media does a fine job of sensationalizing all the bad so that it seems difficult to find the good. Welcome back. You have been missed. 🙂

    • Thanks LuAnn. I am not back fully. I have no choice but to take a break from writing at the moment, so I thought I would take the opportunity to let people know I am still alive and kicking 🙂

      You’re right. There isn’t enough good stuff in the news.

      How are you doing?

  5. I think that there are more nice people around than we think but the news doesn’t balance good news with bad and makes us think that there are only about 10 good people in the world. I’m glad you got your phone back and that it gave you a happy blog post. Welcome back!

  6. That’s great news, Alastair, and a relief, too! I lost my cell phone several years ago in a parking lot and didn’t realize it until I got home. I still had a land line, so I called the cell number. A man answered and told me where he’d found it. Fortunately, he was at work nearby, so I raced over there and retrieved it. He was so nice I didn’t know what else to say except, ‘Thank you.’ Meeting such people restores faith in humanity.

    • I’m glad you had a similar experience. MY nephew lost his phone and the person who found it rang my sister’s number and he went to collect it. He lost it again a couple of weeks later, but that time he wasn’t so lucky.

  7. Awesome. It’s so nice when you find a kind person in the world. One of the best ways to thank her is to “pay it forward.” Share the kindness she gave to you with someone else. If “everybody” did that, well, who knows? Peace may break out!

  8. I’m so happy you got your phone back. I would be devastated if I lost mine. I try to be that person. Had I found your phone I would have done what I could to help you get it back. Because what goes around…comes around! So good to see you Al! 😉

  9. I am so glad you were the recipient of such a kind act by a good person. There may be (some) hope for humanity yet! 🙂

  10. Your ‘Thank You’ would mean everything.
    There are more honest folk about than we give credit to…I am amazed at just how much trouble folk go to to help and assist those who have those ‘unexpected’ problems. Thank you was just the reward most folk want, pleased to have helped. I do wish the media would not constantly highlight the bad and create dramas from mishaps…. And yes I have suffered from dishonesty but that has always been from organisations not individuals.

    • I agree. There are too many in the news “he did” “she did” “they said” “you said”. My nephew lost his phone a few years ago, and my sister’s phone rang, it was the person who found it and they wanted to return it. He lost it again a couple of weeks later, and wasn’t so lucky that time.

  11. The person is very honest and we need such kind of people. I have lost two phones in all, one broke my heart since I lost it three months after buying, splurging a cool 10,000 bucks.

  12. That’s nice, but trust me small acts of kindness are’few and far between.’ It’s the everyday kindnesses that keep things ticking over, and the bad stuff, while present, gets reported and replayed in the media because from their point of view, good news is no news.

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