Bus driver makes senior’s day
Vi Pho Loi lost his wallet on the bus and it was returned by a Good Samaritan and the driver.
Published Friday, February 22, 2013 3:35PM MST
A Calgary senior thought he had seen the last of his wallet and a sizable amount of cash after he accidentally left it on a city bus.
Vi Pho Loi, 80, lost his wallet somewhere in his travels on Wednesday.
The wallet was found on a Route 3 bus by a Good Samaritan and was handed to Calgary Transit operator Sujit Bandyopadhyay.
Bandyopadhyay and his co-workers searched the wallet for the owner’s name and noticed that $1,200 was inside.
“One of the passengers, she brought me a wallet. My co-worker was there too, whom I relieved, and I requested him to witness that one and we checked the wallet and we found a lot of cash there,” said Bandyopadhyay.
Bandyopadhyay called the lost wallet in to his supervisor and the wallet and all its contents were returned to Loi.
The Calgary senior was touched by the kindness of strangers.
Loi and his daughter, Shirley, were able to thanks Bandyopadhyay in person on Friday and express their gratitude.
“So happy, very happy,” said Shirley. “Because got the money back and the wallet.”
Shirley says her dad’s wallet probably fell out when he was getting stuff out of his pocket.
“Suddenly the phone rang so one of the workers from Calgary Transit called and said are you Shirley? And your dad lost his wallet? I said ya, ya, ya, I was looking,” said Shirley.
Bandyopadhyay has been driving for 15 years and says it was teamwork that got the wallet back to its rightful owner.
Calgary Transit has a lost and found office and holds all items that are turned in for 60 days.
Visit the Calgary Transit Lost and Found website for more information.