N.S. man visiting Clarenville overwhelmed by hospitality during search for wallet
If you’ve ever lost your wallet, you know what an uncomfortable feeling it is.
If you lose your wallet travelling out of province for work, the feeling is even worse.
That’s what happened to Capt. Derek Kruger, a Nova Scotia master mariner acting as a marine consultant to the owner of the Sir Robert Bond.
He lost the wallet Sept. 17 along Legion Lane and Marine Drive in Clarenville.
Though the wallet contained no cash, several valuable keepsakes were inside — the first dollar Kruger ever earned, an old Canadian two-dollar bill and a gold American one-dollar coin — as well as debit/credit cards and a $2,500 hearing aid.
Kruger immediately began setting about the task of finding his wallet — he brought it to the attention of local businesses, radio stations and schools.
Derek Kruger would like to extend his thanks to VOCM, KIXX Country, The Packet, Clarenville post office, Marine Drive Sheriff’s Office, the Clarenville RCMP Clarenville, Dollarama, the CIBC and BMO, Irving gas station, Esso gas station, Burry’s Shipyard, and Restland Motel, as well as each person who helped the search for the wallet in any way. “How can one say thank you to so many people, who honestly felt of one man’s personal loss,” said Kruger.
He said the response from everyone he told of his plight was overwhelming.
“I have never experienced a more concerned kindness and genuine outpouring,” said Kruger.
He said schools in the area, besides announcing it over the PA system, delivered voice mail messages to students’ homes, while businesses took his information and promised to call should they see any of the unique currency. Kruger said he heard of people deliberately walking along Legion Lane and Marine Drive in hopes of finding his wallet to return to him.
“They weren’t interesting in a reward. All they wanted was to make sure I got my wallet back,” he said.
“The reality is that people here go out of their way to help others … that in and of itself says a lot about people here.”
Eventually all the hard work and diligent searching paid off.
Sandy Lethbridge found the wallet on his porch Friday morning, Sept. 22 – it seemed to have been deposited there by someone.
Lethbridge, who had heard of Kruger and his missing wallet, phoned him up to tell him the good news.
“It just overwhelmed with gratitude,” said Kruger, who was in St. John’s, cancelling his lost cards, when he received the phone call.
“It’s amazing, just absolutely amazing, to see the honesty of the people here,” he continued.
“It staggers one’s imagination because I don’t think there’s too many places in the world where you’re going to find that kind of hospitality.”
Kruger offered Lethbridge the $200 reward for finding the wallet. Lethbridge refused.
“That just doesn’t happen anywhere. You might say, ‘Only in Newfoundland,’” he said.
“It’s a measure of politeness and respect that goes beyond anyone’s wildest imaginations. It’s incredible. And I’m really appreciative of it.’
Capt. Derek Kruger.