COMMENT: Lost wallet incident renews my faith in S
From the contributor ...
"Say what you will but, sometimes, I feel truly grateful about living in Singapore.
I was at Gourmet Paradise at HDB Hub in Toa Payoh for dinner on Monday night. My dinner companion and I got there at about 8pm. We had a quick dinner because we needed to do some housework before bedtime. We left the food court at about 845pm and I did not realise then that I had left my wallet behind on the table.
It was only at 9am the next day when I was on my way to work that I discovered that my wallet was missing and I could not take the train to work because my EZ-link card was in there. I retraced my steps and remembered that the last time I saw my wallet was after I paid for dinner.
I walked back to the food court on a gamble. First, I approached the cleaners there and asked them if they saw a black wallet on the table where I last sat. They immediately informed the management office and directed me there. They told me that even if I did not get it back, there were CCTV cameras all over the food court and there might be footage of the person who could have picked it up.
When I got to the office, there was a polite girl from China who was managing the counter. She directed me to a chair and asked me to sit down. She asked me several questions about the colour and the make of my wallet and then took out my wallet from a file cabinet. She then took my NRIC and asked me a couple of questions about the wallet to verify that I was indeed the owner of the wallet.
When I got my wallet back, I was so relieved.
Everything was intact, all my credit cards, EZ-link card and reward cards, including the paltry S$12 that I had inside.
I wanted to give all the money I had in the wallet as a reward, but the girl refused to accept it and she even declined to tell me which cleaner at the food court had retrieved it and turned it to the admin office.
I just feel so lucky to get my wallet back and am grateful to discover that there are indeed honest people in Singapore.
I also checked my bank accounts online afterwards and no illegal online purchase were made on my cards.
I know all is not well in Singapore and we are far from being perfect. But it is incidents like these that renews my faith in humanity and make me thankful for living on this tiny red dot."