LETTER: Christmas Niceness! (Temecula Police and a Stranger)

The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Murrieta resident Paige Lucas, who unknowingly left her wallet behind in Temecula parking lot.

I just wanted to take a moment to share with you a story that demonstrates what a great community we live in.

In my last minute rushing about to find a particular gift, I stopped at a small strip mall in Temecula. Having quickly found what I needed, I rushed back to work, eager to finish up and get home to Murrieta. Once at home, I was happily in my fuzzy, warm pajamas when there was a knock on the door. Not expecting anyone, I yelled for my sister-in-law to get the door because I was in my “jammies.”

On my door step was a police officer from Temecula. With a warm smile, she said that I had my jammies, but asked where was my wallet was.  And there it was in her hand. Apparently I had dropped it outside the strip mall where it was found by a small boy who gave it to his mother, who then turned it in… with EVERYTHING IN IT!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the presence of mind to get the officer’s name, and she wasn’t sure of the name of the Mother and Son who had turned it in. I’d really like to thank the Mom and the little boy for being so honest and the officer for coming all the way to Murrieta to return it to me.

With so many horrendous things dominating our news and media, it was heartwarming and faith-restoring to know there are still people who strive to do the right thing. 

—Paige Lucas, Murrieta, CA

hporto December 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM
With everything horrible going on in the world today, this is a much appreciated story. So happy to hear that there are still decent people in the world.
DeannaLHL December 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM
This is great! Glad you got your wallet back!
JRod December 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I left my my Louis Vuitton purse with coach accessories inside, hanging from the grocery cart at a Temecula grocery store. I got home and realized I didn't have my purse. Rushed back to grocery store, and someone had turned it in. I have left things behind several times around town, and my belongings have always been returned to me without anything missing. I have been told I am very lucky, but I think we live in a community with very caring people. Only in Temecula !
TVOR December 20, 2012 at 08:18 PM
And people say the cops are just out to get us. Glad to hear some good news.
Galactic Cannibal December 20, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Page LUcas . Hey Dudette I had a similar experience, when I left my wallet with passport and CCs and cash in the men's toilet in OSAKA Airport in Japan. Shortly before I was to leave for LAX and home. But when I returned to the toilet ,it was gone. Then about 3 minutes later my name was called over their speaker system . Mr. XXXXXXX. go to lost -n- found desk. urgent.. Someone had found my wallet and taken it to the L -n- F. Where I picked it up. I was frankly amazed by this Japanese level of honesty Believe it or not honesty is international but sadly so is stupidity.
H December 20, 2012 at 09:52 PM
So nice to hear such a positive story, and proud of that little boy and his honesty...
Tom December 21, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Glad you got your wallet back Sug
KB December 21, 2012 at 03:56 AM
They are, this was a propaganda article.
CSP December 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I dropped my Palm PDA in the airport in Mexico City a few years back. When I got to Cabo to change planes I asked the airline to call the MC airport. The laughed and said they call but the chances of getting it back were slim. They didn't find it, but 3 says later I got a call from a young Mexican man. He was on vacation in Oxaca and had found my PDA. He wanted to send it to me. I asked him what hotel he was staying at so I could send him a nice bottle of our local wine to him. He said not to worry. No reward is necessary. 2 days later DHL was at my doorstep with my PDA. My boss, who lived in Mexico City for 50 years was as amazed as I was. Good to know that good people are found everywhere.
Paige Cartwright Lucas December 23, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thanks, Sug!
LetsBfair December 27, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Temecula City Council was nice enough to give $4,000,000.00 to a developer friend. This shows us how wonderful our city council can be. This is so awesome. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/temecula/temecula-state-ruling-blocks-m-affordable-housing-grant/article_23b3e4fc-2cf4-5909-949c-b9ddb1f2f9b9.html?print=true&cid=print
Brenda December 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Great story Paige and thank you for sharing with us all. I agree with Tvor and it would be nice to hear all the positive things our Police Dept. does. I wish over my years of living here I had kept track and written notes of my "run-ins" with them. LOL, even with my own kids! Have had many cell phones stolen but from high school when my daughters attended, or at movie theater with alot of kids around. Only managed to get one cell phone back and that was when a mother found it in her sons room and actually went to the trouble to call the numbers on it and found us. We met them at a 7-11 and told her the story of how it was stolen. She was a great Mom and I bet that son never stole something again!


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something