A few good people

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We had planned on going to the military park today to ride bikes and run. I loaded the bikes onto the Jetta, and in the process, set my wallet on top of the trunk while I strapped the bikes into the bike rack. I ran back inside to get the water bottles, and then got in the car and took off.

We got about half-way to the park when I realized I had left my wallet on the trunk. I immediately stopped and Amy checked the trunk - no dice. No wallet. I raced back home, checking alongside the road as best we could, but didn't see any hint of the wallet.

We got back home and checked for the wallet - no where to be found. Amy started riding her bike, looking along our road and the roads that we took while on the way to the park. I got on my bike and rode along too. I rode about 5 miles out and 5 miles back, but never found the wallet.

So as soon as I got back home, I began the process of taking a mental inventory of what was in my wallet, and looking-up all of the providers so that I could alert them to my lost wallet. I had to call my debit card company, my credit card company, Best Buy, and Lowes.

The good news was that none of them showed any new charges, and Lowes actually had to reactivate my account because it hadn't been used in over 2 years, so it was in dormant state. Best Buy continued to remind me of why I really hate them...

I called to report the card as lost, and not only did I have to talk to "Sweeite" from India, but, she tried and tried to sell me identity theft protection services for $10/month. I said that I already have a service (through Debix), and she still wouldn't quit. I had to stop her from reading the script so that I could call Lowes and report my card as lost. Seriously, who tried to hard-sell you on a service when you've just lost your wallet?

I was trying to find my passport so that I could get a new license tomorrow when the phone rang. Amy asks, "Do you know a 'Gary McClaine' from Missouri?" And I said, "No." And she says, "I'll let it go."

And then it dawns on me that this person may have found my wallet. So I answer, and it's this lady, who asks if I've lost my wallet. I told her I had, and she said that her son found it while on the way to Wal-Mart. He found it near the Ozark Beverage Company (about 8 miles from our house), sitting in the middle of the road.

I got directions to their home and went out to get my wallet. What a nice family - mom, dad, son, daughter, and two awesome dogs. The daughter saw it in the road, and told the son to stop. They picked it up and when they got home told their folks what they had found. They tried to look-up our number, but we're unlisted, so they started calling the card providers.

Lowes actually gave them my phone number... another shocker. How ridiculous, but I'm actually glad they did. So much for privacy and account security...

So, I gave them $20 for their troubles, and thanked them profusely. I should've given them more money... they saved me a ton of headache and worrying. I petted their dogs for a bit, made some small talk, and then took off back for home.

I guess there are a few good people left on the planet. I had begun to think that everyone was crooked, selfish, and a scam artist... turns out that's not the case. I'm so relieved to have the wallet back, even if everything inside of it has been officially deactivated. Life should be fun without a debit or credit card for "7-10 business days."

Boo to Lowes and Boo to Best Buy. Kudos to the McLaine's from Missouri - you're good people.

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