ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Social media helped a St. Louis woman get nearly $1,000 back. She accidentally left it in a New York City restaurant.
On Tuesday night, a tech-savvy Good Samaritan sent Vantage Credit Union a facebook message. He stated that he found an envelope at a restaurant, labeled with the credit union’s logo, full of cash. But which of their 100,000 members did it belong to? It was a mystery the St. Louis credit union was eager to solve.
“It looked like an impossible task to find out who this member might be, and we decided to take to social media, the exact same way this young man had. We posted it on our facebook page, on our twitter,” says Jenn Cloud, Vantage Credit Union’s social media specialist.
Members shared and retweeted the post, trying to help. Some commented that they were inspired by the kindness of the Good Samaritan and their credit union, going to such lengths to return the lost cash.
Cloud hoped that the Internet, combined with St. Louis’s “big small town” reputation, might crack the case: “The smallness and connectivity that St. Louis has, everybody knows someone that knows someone else. Like six degrees of separation everywhere else, it’s about two here.”
Meanwhile in New York, Lake Saint Louis resident Jennie Guenzler felt sick when she realized her cash envelope was gone. "I was panicking, and dumped my whole purse out basically," she recalls.
Guenzler backtracked, and realized she left it at dinner the night before. Right when a young man from Texas, in New York on business, stumbled upon it. She soon got a call from Cloud, who also reached out to the New York restaurant. The credit union employee then connected Guenzler with the man who found her money.
Guenzler marvels, “He's from a little town outside Amarillo, Texas, but his hotel was just a block from ours in Times Square. Amazing.”
Within hours, they met at his hotel, where he handed her the cash. Proof that people can still be kind. “Of all the hands it could've fallen into, this was just an honest, good person,” says Guenzler, "it's just one of those stories that you'll always have to tell."
Guenzler gave the young man a hug and insisted he take a portion of the money as a reward for being so honest.