STRANGER WITH A HEART OF GOLD

PEN­SIONER SEARCHES FOR...

The Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - Meghan Har­ris meghan.har­ris@thechron­i­cle.com.au

A TOOWOOMBA pen­sioner is search­ing for the kind stranger who handed in $500 he left in an ATM. Harold Anthony ac­ci­den­tally left his weekly spend­ing money in a ma­chine at Clif­ford Gar­dens. But he was re­lived to dis­cover a good Sa­mar­i­tan had done the right thing and handed his money into the bank. Now, Mr Anthony wants to find and thank the per­son who re­stored his faith in hu­man­ity.

A TOOWOOMBA pen­sioner didn’t think there were too many good Sa­mar­i­tans left in the world.

But Harold Anthony said he had to re­think his views on the in­tegrity of peo­ple when $500 cash was re­turned to him af­ter he left it in an ATM ma­chine.

Last Wed­nes­day when Mr Anthony was draw­ing out his weekly spend­ing money from an ATM at Clif­ford Gar­dens he had other things on his mind.

“I was side-tracked at the ma­chine and I left the money be­hind when I walked away,” he said.

“I re­alised as I reached my car and rushed back to the bank fully pre­pared for it to have dis­ap­peared and suf­fer the loss.”

Be­ing 75 and re­tired, the money was all he had to live off for the week.

When Mr Anthony re­turned to the bank, he wasn’t hope­ful he had any chance of get­ting it back so he was sur­prised to find out some­one handed it in.

“Some kind soul handed my $500 in and it was thank­fully re­funded to me. I felt such re­lief,” he said.

“I thought it was most un­usual these days for some­one to be so trust­wor­thy and hon­est.

“Back in my day hon­esty was quite com­mon but I think the younger gen­er­a­tions don’t have the same in­tegrity.

“It was a breath of fresh air and I’ll have to re­think my views on hu­man na­ture now.”

Mr Anthony hoped to thank the per­son who re­turned his money but due to pri­vacy poli­cies the bank could not re­veal the per­son’s iden­tity.

“I would like to thank the per­son re­spon­si­ble and ex­press my ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their ac­tions,” he said.

“While it wasn’t a mas­sive amount of money, it was to me. It was my weekly wage and it would have been very dif­fi­cult for me to man­age with­out it.

“I did try to find out who they were be­cause I would have liked to thank them in per­son.

“It would be nice to know who they are and put a face to the per­son who saved me so much trou­ble.

“I just hope this mes­sage reaches them.

“It is good to know that there is de­cency in a world that is full of so much doom and gloom.”

If you know this kind stranger phone 4690 9476 or email meghan.har­ris@thechron­i­cle.com.au

It was my weekly wage and it would have been very dif­fi­cult for me to man­age with­out it. — Harold Anthony

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