This was one of those weeks when you wished you were not so connected on Social Media. People killing Seagulls. People killing lions, and so many Google alerts about Cape May, I wish I didn’t get Google alerts.
And then a bright spot appeared. Something was lost, then found and returned with the help of social media.
Mr. O’Neill was shopping at Duckies Farm Stand on Broadway in West Cape May. I imagine while he was loading up his trunk or back seat with Jersey Tomatoes, melons and any other fresh fruit and produce, he placed his wallet on the roof of the car. Once loaded up, he started the car, fired up the air conditioner, fastened his seat belt and headed down Broadway.
Most of us heading into Cape May, hang a left on Central Ave or one of the side streets leading to Park boulevard. Mr. O’Neill of Silver Spring Maryland, apparently knew these turn offs too. Only his wallet, is still on the roof of his car. Taking those quick left and right hand turns must have sent his wallet sliding back and forth across his roof top. That is, until he passed the homes of a Cape May local, Stephen Fischer, and Amy Forrester of Virginia who was visiting Cape May.
Amy posted on the 9000 plus member Cool Cape May Facebook page, that she turned in Mr. ONeill’s wallet to the Cape May City department. On the same thread Stephen mentioned finding several pieces of identification. Stephen posted: “I found three cards in the street also belonging to Tim O’Neill. Debit Card, Insurance Card and Marriott Card. Contacted his son via Facebook, who then contacted Tim.”
We can only surmise that in the tumultuous trip the wallet took, it scattered across Park Boulevard and Elmira street, only to be scooped up by honest citizens and a visitor to Cape May. Stephen Fischer reported that Tim O’Neill was extremely grateful to see his wallet and contents returned.
This is not the first time good fortune has befallen a visitor to Cape May. In 2013, Candace was watching her young sons body surf at the Cove beach on a yellow flag afternoon (indicating moderate surf). While scurrying the boys out of the ocean they posed for a family picture. Only then did Candace realize her diamond wedding band was no longer on her finger.
With tears in her eyes she frantically searched the ocean bottom on an incoming tide. Frustrated, and naturally upset, Candace reached out to Dave Milsted for help. Dave could not get his metal detecting equipment to Cape May for a couple of days and asked Candace to mark via Google maps the exact location she lost the ring.
You guessed it. As unbelievable as it seems, Dave an experienced seeker and finder was able to return the diamond wedding ring to the grateful owner. Dave detailed the most interesting search in his blog, Another Lost Ring in Cape May Returned.
If you’re going to lose something… you might well lose it in Cape May. At least with Cape May’s track record you have a good chance of finding what you’ve lost.
Have you ever lost anything and had it returned? Ever hear a similar story? Let us know in the comments section, we’d love to hear about it.
Post edit: Just at the time of posting this blog, Bill Blackinton posted this picture of a pair of imported flipflops being returned in Cape May point. The proprietor of the Cape May Peanut Butter Factory commented that she was in possession of a shopping bag left behind by a customer. She has hopes of reuniting with the customer when they realize the lost the package.