A couple who lost a bag full of their possessions were overjoyed when it suddenly arrived in the post a few days later. Jeremy and Sally Weaving were delighted that someone had taken the trouble to fish out their address, parcel up their belongings and pop them in the mail. But their joy turned to shock when they discovered that the sender had kept their camera as a “reward” for returning the other items.
The writer, a woman who had lost her own camera, said people had to pay for their mistakes and told the couple to regard it as a travel expense. She gave a false address and signed herself: “A good Samaritan – but not that good.” The couple, of Pentridge Way, Totton, mislaid their bag at Bournemouth Airport after returning from a two week holiday in Italy.
It contained their passports, Mr Weaving’s driving licence, a small amount of money and a Panasonic Lumix camera worth £150. Mrs Weaving said: “You can imagine our surprise when a large parcel arrived at our house. I thought ‘hooray – good people really do exist’ – but things weren’t that simple. The passports, driving licence and money were all there but the camera wasn’t. In its place were the memory stick and a letter from the finder.
“My reaction was twofold – relief at having my documents returned and shock at the liberty which had been taken with my possessions. If the person had done the right thing by handing the bag in at the airport a lot of anguish would have been avoided. Call me old fashioned but I always thought a reward was given, not stolen.” Mr Weaving contacted Dorset police, who are treating the incident as theft.