A man has shared the clever method a stranger used to return his missing wallet.
Tim Cameron, a product manager, took to Twitter to publicly thank a stranger, later identified as Simon, who returned his wallet despite a lack of “identifying info”.
The “good Samaritan” used Cameron’s account number, written on his credit card, in order to make four separate 1p transfers into his account.
Put together, the reference numbers for the transfers made up the information Cameron needed to retrieve his wallet – including, vitally, the stranger’s phone number.
I just lost my wallet on the way home from work. I didn't have much identifying info in there so a good Samaritan got in touch with my via my... bank account 🤯— Tim Cameron (@Timcammm) October 14, 2019
4x transfers of £0.01 each with a reference up to 18 chars pic.twitter.com/RVK8I1ZctQ
Me the last two hours:— Tim Cameron (@Timcammm) October 14, 2019
And no, I haven’t repaid Simon yet but I did buy him a bottle of red. pic.twitter.com/mTx8LMuOCU
The heartwarming story has garnered attention on Twitter, included over 100,000 likes at time of writing, and comments such as “Brilliant” and “So clever”.
Others have shared the clever ways strangers had used to return their own belongings, including one man who was contacted via a notification on his Kindle account and another woman who was traced using her library card fob.
So clever!— Cat Hufton (@CatHufton) October 15, 2019
My Dad found a Kindle.— Mark Moriarty 🎙️🎧 🇮🇪 #podcasting #audiobooks (@MbyM) October 14, 2019
No way to see owner's email.
Amazon support no help.
Owner had another device in her a/c.
He renamed the found device "Call XXX", and moved to "last position" of the book she was reading.
She saw prompt, "Would you like to resume from…?"
She called him ✅
Stressed out with a newborn on a wet day I didn't realise I'd dropped my car keys in the car park.Went back to car and panicked when I couldn't find my keys anywhere,then realised there was a note on the seat saying 'found your keys, taken them to the police station' 💗— Jilliana (@rainbow23045) October 14, 2019
Lost my car and house keys once, had a library card fob, person brought it into the library and they traced me from there— Jessica Willis (@Jessatbookends) October 14, 2019
My Dad lost his tablet while on holiday in Ireland. He got a random Facebook friend requests from the person who had found it. Tablet restored to owner along with faith in humans.— Paula Baddley (@whimbrelgirl) October 14, 2019
Earlier this week, a woman spoke of her “tears” in response to the kindness of two tip workers who trawled through rubbish to retrieve her lost engagement ring.
Jo Carter, 36, from Caldicot, Monmouthshire, was “in tears” over the kindness of the two men who managed to retrieve her £3,000 engagement ring given to her by husband Craig, 38.
She inadvertently donated the precious jewellery to her local tip, Five Lanes Household Waste and Recycling Centre, along with 15 bags of rubbish in a clear-out.
Against the odds, tip workers Rhys and Darren managed to rediscover the missing ring, sifting through hundreds of bags of waste over a period of 45 minutes in order to recover it.