When Debi Fetherolf’s purse vanished from her home, she assumed it had gotten misplaced somewhere in the house. She and her husband were painting the interior, and things were jumbled. So she hoped it would turn up.
“For two weeks I drove to work with no driver’s license, no ATM card or anything,” she said.
Then she got a call at work from a manager at the Monroe Goodwill.
“He said, ‘Hey, we have your wallet,” she said.
The store manager, James Leo, had done a bit of detective work to get the small leather purse back to her. He found evidence that she banked at Wells Fargo. He called the local branch and explained that her purse had turned up in a box of donated items, and asked if they could put her in touch with him.
Fetherolf figured out that her husband, who had gathered up a box of things to go to Goodwill, had accidentally included her purse.
Fetherolf said the manager’s deed affirmed her and her husband’s decision to move to Monroe.
“We are from California,” she said. “This wouldn’t have happened in San Jose. We’ve been here four years and I’m continuously amazed. This is the best place I’ve ever lived. People open doors. They let you into traffic.”
Leo said that he’s had to do a bit of sleuthing more than once to get personal items back to their owners.
“I found one person through a gaming club card at the Snoqualmie Casino,” he said. “If it happened to me, I’d hope someone would take the time. It’s not that hard to track someone down.”