Sunday 19 November 2017

'Honest Mary' returns €1,200 rent lost by nurse

Ray D’Arcy with Grace Sampang, who had her rent returned
Ray D’Arcy with Grace Sampang, who had her rent returned

A nurse has been reunited with her €1,200 rent money, which she thought she had lost forever, after a kind-hearted local called a radio show.

Nurse Grace Sampang told RTE's Ray D'Arcy that she felt as if "a pile of cold ice" had been thrown on her when she discovered that the rent money for her, and her two housemates, had gone missing on her way to the bank in Tallaght last week.

"I was walking in Tallaght on my way to the bank. I had this envelope with the money in it on my way to the bank. When I was about to pay to the assistant I just realised that it is not in my pocket any more. I am 100pc sure that I placed it in my pocket. Then I went back to the places that I had been that time and I couldn't find it."

She explained that it was the rent money for three people.

"I really cannot describe the feeling. It was like a pile of cold ice was thrown on me. I went to every place that I had been. I asked the security guards in the mall."


The show then heard from a caller named Mary, who had previously called the show to say she had found a sum of cash in an envelope.

The caller, dubbed 'Honest Mary' by host D'Arcy, said: "I felt a duty to get it back to the person that owned it. That's why I contacted your show."

Mary then asked Grace what was written on the envelope and the amount inside. Grace, from the Philippines, gave correct answers to both.

This satisfied Mary that she had found the correct person. Grace never imagined she would see the cash again.

"I'm very grateful and thankful because I didn't expect for the money to be returned to me.

"I just hoped that whoever found it is just in real need of it," she said.

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