Harold Walls, a Milford trash collector, lost his wallet, with $800 in it, in a city truck three years ago. He gave up on finding it, but when the city sold that truck, its new owner discovered the wallet and sent it back ? with the cash inside. THE NEWS JOURNAL photo
MILFORD (News Journal) -- Harold Walls was sure his leather wallet -
and the $800 inside it - were gone for good, lost on the job as a
Milford trash collector three years ago. But when he came to work last
Friday, a surprise was waiting for him.
"My supervisor said, 'I have something that belongs to you.' And he showed me my wallet," Walls said.
The $800? All there.
Harold Walls lost his money and got it back is a tale quickly told.
Walls is a trash thrower, the guy hanging off the back of a trash truck
to gather up the bins. Rick Webb is the truck's driver, and they were
paired up three years ago the day Walls couldn't find his wallet at the
end of his shift.
and Webb "went back and retraced our steps, every place we'd been,"
Walls said Friday in an interview at the city's public works building.
They found nothing. He'd been planning to buy a new TV with the cash
that night. Walls assumed someone had found the money on the side of the
road and kept it.
wrote it off, honestly. I'd lost it, done and gone," Walls said. "Ain't
no sense in harping about it or crying over spilled milk. Keep moving."
He went ahead and bought the TV anyway, a 55-inch flat-screen.
2012, the city government decided that trash truck had been driven long
enough, and they sold it at auction. A farmer in Maine was the buyer,
Webb said. After the Mainer got the truck, he disassembled the bench
seat frame in the cab. What did he find? Walls' wallet, somehow wedged
so far behind the seats that it couldn't have been found otherwise.
farmer out in Maine mailed it back," Walls marveled. They never learned
his name. "I was real surprised it came back with everything. ... It
happens to restore a lot of faith that there are still some good people
He and Webb remain partners on a trash route, work he enjoys.
"I like the physical part of it. We're always on the go," he said.
bought a replacement wallet, but retired it when the original, embossed
with a motorcycle decoration, came back. Walls keeps it tucked far down
in a pocket of his work clothes, more snugly than before.
James Fischer, News Journal