20 MAR 2012: Canadian Art student Ryan Butt was on holiday in Scotland when he lost his wallet. Stranded in Fort Augustus without a penny, Butt was concerned that he would be unable to get to London for his flight home a few days later.
He was surprised when generous locals and fellow tourists gave him enough cash to make the journey, and stunned when Stagecoach travel assistant Stacey Robertson, phoned to tell him the wallet had been found by bus driver John Dickson
Days after his return to the city of Corner Brook in Newfoundland, the wallet, complete with credit cards and £100 ($157.50) cash arrived in the post.
Ryan had arrived by bus at Morag’s Lodge hostel at Fort Augustus near Loch Ness.
When he realized he had lost his wallet he said, “I panicked. All my money and credit and debit cards were in it.”
He spoke to Robertson in Inverness who called the police. Butt was on a train to London’s Gatwick Airport when she phoned to tell him the driver had checked the bus and found it.
Scott Armstrong, of VisitScotland, said: “This is a fantastic example of how the warmth and honesty of the people of the Highlands make it a wonderful place to holiday.”
Butt was thrilled. He told the CBC, that he was “astonished how everyone helped so much, especially Stacey.
“You hear so many horror stories of people travelling and never getting back lost possessions but to get it back from another country is wonderful. I couldn’t believe their kindness.”
Above Image: Stagecoach travel assistant Stacey Robertson