Date
18 December 2017
Netizens post Kwok Chi-ping's details online (insert) to alert him that he left his wallet in a store in Tamsui in Taiwan. Photo: hkgolden.com, China.com.cn
Netizens post Kwok Chi-ping's details online (insert) to alert him that he left his wallet in a store in Tamsui in Taiwan. Photo: hkgolden.com, China.com.cn

A good egg, a lost wallet and a digital detective trail

It just goes to show what can happen when human kindness meets technological might. Through the power of the internet and one woman’s thoughtfulness, a Hong Kong student holidaying in Taiwan was able to quickly retrieve his lost wallet. 

Touring the island with a group of friends, 18-year-old Kwok Chi-ping dropped his wallet Tuesday in front of a store selling a popular delicacy called iron eggs in New Taipei City’s Tamshui seaside district in northern Taiwan, according to a Thursday report by the Apple Daily.

The wallet, which contained more than NT$10,000 (US$335), his identity card, student card and credit cards, was found by store worker Meng Wei-lin, known as Madam Meng.

Madam Meng then ran around the store showing the ID card information to other tourists, asking if they knew Kwok. When a Hong Kong couple heard about it, they uploaded a photo of the student card to Facebook and a local online group, hoping that netizens could be of help.

And they were. Photos of Kwok’s student card and a message asking him to go to the iron egg store quickly circulated online. Three netizens called Kwok’s school, who then told his family. A netizen also found Kwok’s Facebook page and forwarded the message to him and his friends.

In just one hour, Kwok heard about his lost wallet and returned to the shop to pick it up. Alas Kwok missed the chance to thank Madam Meng because she had already finished work for the day.

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