Sometimes last February, I brought a bag of various items including my good old purple wallet, that I had carefully completely emptied (or so I thought), to the community thrift store in Point Reyes Station.
I was using a new wallet now, a black one, and everything was dandy. In April, I went to spend a little time in France with my dad. Landing in Lyon on a sunny afternoon, I went straight to rent a car and zoomed out of there without a concern in the world. But then, when I opened my wallet to get Euros to pay for my first French expense…I could not find my French money! I thought I had about 200 Euros in cash with me, but lo and behold, after taking my wallet apart… I had none.
It dawned on me that I must have left my euros in my old purple wallet! I came back from France and another month passed, so busy I never even called the thrift store, until June 6, when I decided to drive over there and take a chance. After all, even if the odds where very small, it was worth trying! I explained my story and left my name and number, hoping for the best, but not holding my breath… Then I went home and got back to work. A few hours later Jane Vait, the manager, called me and said: “Emmeline, I have your euros!” Wow…
As agreed I met Jane at the store, where she gave me back the 210 Euros that she had kept safe all that time, not knowing if she would ever know whose money it had been. Jane and her wonderful staff are the most gentle and dedicated people, they work for the community day in and day out and one is always well received at the store, but this is beyond what one can expect: it is beyond ordinary honesty! The kind of stuff that makes life brilliant and friendly. I am from France, but as a naturalized American, I am very happy to be a West Marinite!
Today, I want to shout a big thank you to Jane and her whole staff for their greatness, and for their honesty! To all the Community Thrift Store staff I say: “You are wonderful! ”
~Emmeline Craig, Painter and owner of the Blissful Gallery in Stinson Beach.
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