Belfast Telegraph

OAP's Good Samaritan returns her lost £1,300

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

A Good Samaritan who returned a lost handbag containing £1,300 in cash to its owner said he would expect anybody in his position to do the same thing.

Andrew Edgar was driving home from work when he had to swerve to avoid the bag which was lying in the middle of the road.

He turned his car round, stopped and opened the bag to discover a wad of banknotes inside.

The 22-year-old found a name and address inside the bag before driving round to return it in person.

"I opened it up and had a look inside to see if there was a name or details and I found a name and address inside a glasses case," he said.

"Then I had another check inside it and it was full of a substantial amount of cash as well.

"So I looked up the address online and drove straight to the house to find the two owners frantically looking around the outside of their house, looking a bit distraught."

Its owner, a pensioner from east Belfast, said she was overwhelmed by Mr Edgar's honesty, and hailed him as "our Good Samaritan, not just today, but for the rest of our lives". She had been at a funeral with her husband on Thursday morning.

He had been holding her bag when he set it on the roof of his car as he reached for his keys.

Forgetting about the handbag, the couple drove off without noticing it missing.

The woman, who asked to be identified only as Marie, said she was panic-stricken when she noticed the bag and money was gone.

"I'd just lifted it out of the bank – it was the month's pension just to pay the bills and that throughout the month," she said.

Marie said Mr Edgar's honesty had restored her faith in humanity.

"For somebody so young to be so honest... I find it hard to take in," she said.

"I'll always be grateful and thankful to him."

But Mr Edgar said he believed anybody in his position would have done the same thing.

"I'd have hated to turn up with the handbag and a few of the belongings and the money missing from it, because then you know that somebody had been dishonest," he said.

"Realistically, I'd have expected anybody in the same situation to have done the same thing – things are tough right now, but we can only look after each other."

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