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#1 Hum

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 15:44

MILFORD — Harold Walls was sure his leather wallet – and the $800 inside it – were gone for good, lost on the job as a Milford trash collector three years ago. But when he came to work earlier this month, a surprise was waiting for him.

“My supervisor said, ‘I have something that belongs to you.’ And he showed me my wallet,” Walls said. The $800? All there.

How Harold Walls lost his money and got it back is a tale quickly told. Walls is a trash thrower, the guy hanging off the back of a trash truck to gather up the bins. Rick Webb is the truck’s driver, and they were paired up three years ago the day Walls couldn’t find his wallet at the end of his shift.

He and Webb “went back and retraced our steps, every place we’d been,” Walls said Friday in an interview at the city’s public works building. They found nothing. He’d been planning to buy a new TV with the cash that night. Walls assumed someone had found the money on the side of the road and kept it.

“I wrote it off, honestly. I’d lost it, done and gone,” Walls said. “Ain’t no sense in harping about it or crying over spilled milk. Keep moving.” He went ahead and bought the TV anyway, a 55-inch flat-screen.

In 2012, the city government decided that trash truck had been driven long enough, and they sold it at auction. A farmer in Maine was the buyer, said Webb. After the Mainer got the truck, he disassembled the bench seat frame in the cab. What did he find? Walls’s wallet, somehow wedged so far behind the seats that it couldn’t have been found otherwise.

“This farmer out in Maine mailed it back,” Walls marveled. They never learned his name. “I was real surprised it came back with everything. ... It happens to restore a lot of faith that there are still some good people out there.”

He and Webb remain partners on a trash route, work he enjoys. “I like the physical part of it. We’re always on the go.”

He’d bought a replacement wallet, but retired it when the original, embossed with a motorcycle decoration, came back. Walls keeps it tucked far down in a pocket of his work clothes, more snugly than before.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 15:53

I like good news stories like this, an anonymous hero saves the day :)

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 15:56

fantastic story indeed.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 15:59

The sad part is his $800 is now only worth $650. :/

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 16:01

The sad part is his $800 is now only worth $650. :/


Which is worth $650 more than $0 he thought he had :)

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:38

I never realize doing trash paid so well.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:02

The sad part is his $800 is now only worth $650. :/


Wait, what?

$800 in cash is still worth $800 in cash.

If the guy is buying a TV in cash, it doesn't appear that he has his finances under him enough to be investing to keep up with inflation as he would be using a credit card for cash back :laugh:

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:06

^ Buying power has decreased over the years. Inflation, energy costs, wages, and all that.

What $800 could have bought 3 years ago, will likely cost a good bit more now.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 18:13

^ Buying power has decreased over the years. Inflation, energy costs, wages, and all that.

What $800 could have bought 3 years ago, will likely cost a good bit more now.


I theory, yes, but it seems prices have remained stagnant over the past few years. Gasoline increased and decreased. Gas prices were higher than they were now in 2008, dropped in 09 and are hovering around $3.50-4.00 since late 10' in high demand months. Electronics have fallen. Food is more tied to oil prices.

Then again, the economy has been all over the place the last 5 years.

The better question: Is Hum a real person?



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