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Diner praises restaurant staff and Kingsport police over lost, then found, wallet

October 8th, 2013 10:36 am by Keith Bailey, community contributor

Diner praises restaurant staff and Kingsport police over lost, then found, wallet

My family and I were eating breakfast at the Waffle House on E. Stone Drive and I noticed how kind the staff were to one another and to the diners there. It was obvious that there were "regulars" there who were treated like family and who kept coming back there because of that. When I paid the bill, I commented on how nice the staff were to each other and the customers. I didn't realize at the time, that I would be the recipient of such kindness.

Between the Waffle House and my next destination, I realized I didn't have my wallet, so I went back to the Waffle House to see if I left it there. The staff were very helpful and showed concern. The manager took time out of a busy shift to check the store security cameras to see if she could determine if I had left it there or if anyone had picked it up, but nothing could be determined by looking at the videos. I was worried about having to cancel all my credit cards, getting another drivers license, replacing ID's, and most of all, losing some old pictures of my family I kept in my wallet.

A few hours later, a Kingsport Police Officer called my cell phone and told me a man named David had found my wallet in the parking lot of the Waffle House an turned it in. Everything was in my wallet. I told the officer I had some responsibilities to take care of at the Appalachian Fall Fest soccer tournament and would have to come and get it later. He told me he would bring it to me, and in ten minutes, he showed up with it at the Eastman Soccer Park.

I am grateful for the honesty of David and the kindness of the staff at the Waffle House and the Kingsport Police Officer who helped me out in a very stressful situation. Thanks, Kingsport, for your kindness!

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