“People Don’t Turn in Money When It’s Lost.” “I Do”

In June 2012, Jeanne Wolcott of Athol, which is in the same county as Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, lost her wallet, which contained $230. She got it back. Why? She said that it is because she lives in North Idaho: “Where else in God’s green Earth could you go and lose $230 and get it back, every penny of it. I’m very impressed by it.” She had lost her wallet at the Walmart in Hayden, which is also in the same county as Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She returned to the Walmart and asked if anyone had found a wallet. Fortunately, someone had. A manager asked her a few questions about the wallet, and she answered the questions correctly.  Ms. Wolcott said, “She handed me my wallet. There was $230 in it, just exactly what there was when I lost it. I was just floored.” She is on Social Security, and she needed the money: “That was all the funds I had until the first of the month.” Karma may have played a role in this happy ending. When Ms. Wolcott was seven or eight years old, she found two $20 bills while crossing a street in Bishop, California. She went into a bookstore and left her aunt’s name and phone number in case someone asked about lost money. An elderly gentleman soon called and said that he had lost some of his money from Social Security: two $20 bills. She and her aunt returned the money to the man, and he gave her a reward of $5. Young Jeanne told him, “I’m just doing what anybody else would do.” He said, “People don’t turn in money when it’s lost.” Young Jeanne replied, “I do.”

For Further Information: Bill Buley, “Woman sees both sides of a good deed.” The Coeur d’Alene Press (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho). 19 June 2012 <http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_8a53c396-3460-5a27-87ef-d6ee32a86907.html>.

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