Let me tell you about my saturday.
I woke up a bit late, found a missed call from my friend Mawi, called her back, and decided to go out for lunch and a walk somewhere.
At the bust stop I met a first year Journalism student. We spoke about residence, university, programs, OC tanspo, bus passes. That’s about it. We sat adjacent to eachother, and didn’t really talk much on the bus.
About ten minutes into the bust ride, an old man looked at me and asked “Excuse me, is this your wallet?” pointing under my chair. I looked down, and there was a grey wallet. I picked it up, looked at the contents, and did not recognize the girl to be anyone I know, nor anyone that was just seated next to me.
I looked to my new friend, and she said we should just put it in the lost and found at carleton. She said she could take it since she will be back on campus. I relecutantly said sure and gave it to her. Then remembered she said she’s going back home to Kingston today. I asked her about that, and she said it wasn’t until 5pm. I said oh, okay. Well you’re better off trying to find her on facebook/social media before you hand it to the lost and found where it may be lost and never found. She said since I am leaving tonight, I think you’re better for the job and handed me the wallet back. Also thinking that OC transpo’s lost and found wouldn’t be of help or conviencience since it’s a long weekend as well.
Over lunch I told my friend the story, and how the wallet has every piece of identification you could think of – health card, student card, bus pass, social insurance number, library cards…. Everything really.
I found the girls name rather odd, as I have never heard it before, Mawi recognized the name to be familar within a certain ethnic background. With mawi saying that, it stuck with me.
I tried to find the girl on facebook with no luck, linkedin, google, nothing. I tried calling residence asking if she lived there, no luck. I tried a couple of contact numbers that were on recripets in the wallet, no luck, they were both disconnected.
I was really losing hope. So I decided to contact someone I know in the university’s registrar’s office, asking if they’ll be able to give me someone’s e-mail if I provided a name and student number, and explained the situation to them. They still haven’t replied as it’s the weekend.
I sent that Email out, then got ready for bed. Then I suddenly thought of one person from the same ethnic background, and I do know many, but just this one girl popped in my head. A girl I see around and say hi bye to, but haven’t really spoken to properly/personally since 2nd year.
I send her a message, telling her this is random, but do you know a girl by this name that goes to our school? I found her wallet and I don’t know how to get in touch with her. This is what she replies with:
OMG YEAH!!! Thats my cousin!!!! Thats ridiculous! We are going to a family breakfast and she might be there!! i have to go to work but can you call my sister to let her know you found it?!!? THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
So I guess having 700+ friends on facebook did someone somewhere some good.🙂