Taxi driver returns man's lost wallet

2012-12-14 16:02
Mark Webber shows his wallet, which was returned to him by a Pietermaritzburg taxi driver. (The Witness)

Mark Webber shows his wallet, which was returned to him by a Pietermaritzburg taxi driver. (The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Good Samaritans still exist today, in the most unexpected places.

Mark Webber, a horologist and Pietermaritzburg’s City Hall clock mender, lost his wallet containing his driver’s licence, bank cards and a small amount of cash some weeks ago.

“It contained everything a wallet pretty much has”, said Webber.

“I went to see a life coach, Fiona MacCrimmon, and parked near Comrades House. I had a whole lot of things in my hands and wasn’t sure where my wallet was.”

When he was later making a purchase at Hayfields Mall, he realised his wallet was gone.

He then retraced his steps in an effort to recover it, but had no luck finding it.

“I waited for about a week and then I decided to cancel the cards,” said Webber.

Spirit of goodwill

However, two weeks later, a fortuitous encounter saw his wallet returned to him.

Webber was sitting in his parked car in Scottsville.

“I had to make another visit to Comrades House. It was a hot day, I remember, and then I saw this old blue taxi reversing up. I thought the taxi driver was dropping off passengers but he ran up to me, greeted me, and told me that he had my wallet.

“He said he was keeping an eye out for me by placing my licence on his dashboard and looking in every car he passed for my face. But then he told me he was in a rush with a taxi full of passengers and left suddenly,” said Webber.

The astonished Webber didn’t even get a chance to ask his name or contact details. The wallet was returned with everything in it.

“It makes you feel fantastic seeing the spirit of goodwill during the festive season. My estimation of taxi drivers has really gone up,” said Webber.

Asked what he would say to the taxi driver if he were to meet him again, he said he would like to thank him and give him a reward for his honesty.

Webber wrote a letter to The Witness to express his gratitude to the taxi driver whose name he never learnt.

 

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