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Bloomfield teen gets life lesson in honestyPosted Saturday, January 23, 2010, at 7:01 PM
More than a year after Kyle Doane lost a billfold in Bloomington that contained $85 in cash and three gift cards, the same wallet was returned earlier this month with all its contents in place.
Kyle is the 16-year-old son of David and Tena Doane of rural Bloomfield.
His mother explained that the family went to Bloomington for an evening out, dinner and shopping last January. They had eaten at Bucceto's Pizza and Pasta, located at the corner of West Third Street and Liberty, and then did some shopping at College Mall.
On their way home Kyle discovered he didn't have his wallet and was sure he had lost it and thought he might have lost it at the restaurant or in a dressing room, where he had been trying on clothes.
The next day his mother called Bucceto's and told them where they had sat. An employee checked the area and there was no wallet.
"He was just sick about it because he had close to $100 in cash and several gift cards in it. I told him to chalk it up as a life lesson and learn to be more responsible," Tena Doane said. "He talked about it for several days, wondering if someone would find it and return it but after several months it was just forgotten about."
By a stroke of good fortune, Kyle's billfold was found.
"His first words were, 'Mom guess what happened to me today?', and he preceded to tell me that (Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Principal) Mr. (David) Dean came up to him and told him that the school had received a call from a lady who worked at Bucceto's. She stated they had found a wallet of one of their students by the name of Kyle Doane. Kyle had no identification in the wallet other than his athletic pass that said Bloomfield High School on it, so this lady went as far as to look up the school's number and tried contacting us through them, which I thought was just unbelievable that someone would go to such lengths for a kid's wallet," Tena explained.
At first, Kyle didn't remember about the lost wallet, but then he recalled the incident in Bloomington and promptly called his mother where she works at Hartman & Paddock law office in Bloomfield.
"He was ecstatic and was just shocked that someone would have found it and be willing to return it after all this time," Tena said.
Tena then called Bucceto's.
Tena contacted her husband, David, who just happened to be in Bloomington and was able to pick up wallet.
"The wallet had $85 cash in it, and three mall gift cards, one with over $90 on it," Tena said.
Tena said her son really appreciates the honesty of Bucceto's manager Anna Esroymson who found the billfold and made an effort to contact him.
"I really want to thank them (the staff at the restaurant)," Kyle commented.
The 23-year-old pizza store manager said she discovered the wallet when she was doing yearly deep cleaning at the restaurant. It was tucked way down in a crack in a booth that wouldn't normally be seen unless a thorough cleaning was being done.
Anna, who said it was a good feeling to be able to get the money and gift cards back to Kyle, said she had actually found two wallets that week.
She had initially tried contacting Bloomfield school, but it was closed due to snow so she left a message.
When asked if she was ever tempted to just keep the money, Anna replied with a laugh and said she believes in karma and could have never taken the money and spent it, because, "Something bad might have happened."
Kyle's mother said there is wonderful life lesson in this whole incident.
"This was such a great example of simple honesty. This small act of kindness was a huge reminder that there are good people in this world who chose to do that right things every day. I hope this can be an example to everyone to just do what's right, not because you might get something in return, but simply because it's the right thing to do."
Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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