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Garbage Worker Finds Manís Missing Wallet in the Trash
Bluefield Daily Telegraph ^

Posted on 12/24/2012 4:29:25 PM PST by nickcarraway

Richard Richmond figured he’d lost his wallet forever.

It disappeared Dec. 5,and left Richmond and his wife Vickie in a panic. The billfold contained Richmond’s driver’s license, credit card and, most importantly, his cherished family pictures.

“I was bummed,” Richmond said. “I looked everywhere and didn’t know where it was at.”

But what happened next amazed the Traverse City couple. The Richmonds called their trash hauler, American Waste, as a last resort to see if the wallet somehow wound up in the garbage. Five workers at American Waste started searching.

Sure enough, workers found Richmond’s wallet buried in a 72,000-pound mountain of trash.

“We ripped through all the white trash bags for about 35 minutes,” said Earl Sutherland, a route supervisor for American Waste. “Then the loader came, pushed the trash, and there it was. It popped right up.”

Within an hour, the company had called the Richmonds with good — if shocking — news.

American Waste said it receives calls from time to time from customers desperate to find lost belongings. “We don’t find their items all the time,” Sutherland said. “But sometimes we do.”

TOPICS: Weird Stuff

1 posted on 12/24/2012 4:29:27 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Five workers at American Waste started searching.

Color me impressed. How cool is that?
2 posted on 12/24/2012 5:01:40 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: nickcarraway

Great story.

Hats off to American Waste.

3 posted on 12/24/2012 5:49:32 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: nickcarraway
And this year's Golden Can Award for best customer service in a waste-hauling role goes to...
4 posted on 12/24/2012 6:03:30 PM PST by fattigermaster
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To: andyk

I lost a wallet in downtown Houston that was anonymously returned - with the money still there.

Of course that was 40 years ago.

5 posted on 12/25/2012 7:43:27 AM PST by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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I found a velvet bag of VERY nice jewelry at the Ritz Carlton once. I took it to the front desk. The next day there was no record of it being turned in. Live and learn. Next time I’ll leave my telephone number and advertise myself if necessary.

6 posted on 12/25/2012 7:55:00 AM PST by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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