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Old 12-19-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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In the faint hope that the honest person will read this, but also in praise of Metro - here's my story:

Thursday I worked at a Dept. store at Pentagon City all day - go to the station, get on the train. Train arrives at King St. station, I get off, my wallet is NOT in my bag !!! Wallet contains: Smart Card, Driver's license, misc. credit cards, insurance card, ALL my cash.

I go to the attendant booth and ask if there is any way to contact the train, explain my situation. He was very pleasant - I explain I can't even get out (he tells me he'll let me out, LOL), I tell him I appreciate that but I don't have any cash and can't get home, I mention that I hope there is Karma, I've turned in many items that I found - he contacted the train and nothing at the next stop (Van Dorn) - end of the line is Franconia, he lets me know it arrived and give it some time - then!!! he says " here's a supervisor" - I see him coming down the escalator - he HAS my wallet!!!

I'm going to email Metro to thank them - I actually didn't find out how wallet was found (which I feel bad about) - I DID thank them sincerely and was SO
grateful I think I was in shock.

I had tried to call home, husband still at work (unreachable), neighbors out, I didn't have a penny on me, couldn't even have taken the bus back home.

Bottom line: there are honest folks - sometimes life DOES treat you the way you treat others (and people don't have to toot their own horn

(I was so grateful I made sure to give to the Salvation Army bell ringer - although I generally do that)
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Glad your good karma came back to you!
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:51 PM
 
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Nice story! My son lost his wallet when he about 14. The only ID was his high school ID with no home address. Someone at Metro took the time to mail it to the school where the staff returned it to him. Last year a woman found my other son's phone on the Metro and called us so we could pick it up.
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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In the faint hope that the honest person will read this, but also in praise of Metro - here's my story:

Thursday I worked at a Dept. store at Pentagon City all day - go to the station, get on the train. Train arrives at King St. station, I get off, my wallet is NOT in my bag !!! Wallet contains: Smart Card, Driver's license, misc. credit cards, insurance card, ALL my cash.

I go to the attendant booth and ask if there is any way to contact the train, explain my situation. He was very pleasant - I explain I can't even get out (he tells me he'll let me out, LOL), I tell him I appreciate that but I don't have any cash and can't get home, I mention that I hope there is Karma, I've turned in many items that I found - he contacted the train and nothing at the next stop (Van Dorn) - end of the line is Franconia, he lets me know it arrived and give it some time - then!!! he says " here's a supervisor" - I see him coming down the escalator - he HAS my wallet!!!

I'm going to email Metro to thank them - I actually didn't find out how wallet was found (which I feel bad about) - I DID thank them sincerely and was SO
grateful I think I was in shock.

I had tried to call home, husband still at work (unreachable), neighbors out, I didn't have a penny on me, couldn't even have taken the bus back home.

Bottom line: there are honest folks - sometimes life DOES treat you the way you treat others (and people don't have to toot their own horn

(I was so grateful I made sure to give to the Salvation Army bell ringer - although I generally do that)
Well, my wallet got stolen on an Alexandria City school bus in 11th grade and I got very little help finding it.

Yes, there are honest people in NoVA, for instance generally when I forget something in a resturant someone always reminds me to pick it up, but don't kid yourselves there are crooks in NoVA also like everywhere else.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:34 AM
 
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Very nice to hear that there are still people out there who really and sincerely care, and are willing to help someone in need like that. And so glad to hear that OP got her wallet back intact!
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Nice story, thanks for sharing it.
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I am so glad you got your wallet back Flamingo! Great story!! I actually found a wallet on the metro one day when I left work a few months ago and had a real dilemma about the best approach because of my tendency to over think things I tell this story only because I used a web site that my co-workers were not familiar with but that helped get the wallet back to the owner very quickly in this case.

My first thought was to turn it in at the station where I got off the train but that was 8 stops away from where I found the wallet so that did not seem to be such a great idea. I opened the wallet and saw an out of state drivers license for a young adult and thought it may belong to a tourist..and here is where my over thinking goes.. What if they are scheduled to fly out tomorrow and what if by the time the wallet makes it to the lost and found, it is too late to get on their flight.. (I was underground so had some time to waste).. When we got to the first above ground station, I called my co-worker because I knew he was still at his desk and asked him to go to
Find a Person or Business with our free online White Pages and Yellow Pages and look up the address and name on the license. He found the address and same last name so I called the phone number listed on the site. It was a students dad and he put me in touch with his son who I met and returned the wallet. This web site was the perfect solution in this situation but as I mentiontioned above, none of my co-workers were familiar with it so check it out if you get the chance.. It may come in very handy!
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Irish, you really did think and work things out, I overthink things but not that smartly!

I have a crappy trackphone thing that I can't even hear 3/5 of the time - I have turned in cells, cameras, etc. - I did find a little bag thing one time that had I.D. for someone that worked at Lord & Taylor, I heard that if you turn in at Metro it goes to the Lost and Found eventually at a MD location and thought it would be better to actually take it to Lord & Taylor (L&T) (this was when they were still at Landmark) - I did that. Low and behold, now I merchandise at Macy's and a new mgr. previously was from L&T. Somehow this topic comes up, I remember the name, he knows her - L&T never got her bag to her I wonder if should have just turned it in to Metro.
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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L&T never got her bag to her I wonder if should have just turned it in to Metro.

That's terrible.. You would think that would have been the best solution..

Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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I've found cell phones before-- I call the last called phone number and tell that person I have the phone-they contact the owner who I get it to-always works!
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