Sarah Thomas knew that something was wrong with her new diaper bag; it was simply too heavy to be truly empty. So she rummaged around inside it until eventually she found a mystery object in a concealed section. And while what she discovered was clearly not meant for her, it was now in her hands. What should she do?
Sarah Thomas is a woman from Oregon who has a passion for shopping. Yes, she’s a bargain hunter and even has her own clothing resale company, which she runs via Facebook.
Her business venture is called Sarah’s Southern Oregon 2nd Hand Deals. The main purpose of the online store is to offer some of the best deals in the region for everything from kids’ clothes to purses.
However, Thomas’ passion for shopping doesn’t only manifest itself professionally. Indeed, she also spends her free time hunting for bargains for herself. And it was after she headed to a local Goodwill outlet that her amazing story began.
She was just popping down to the store to see what bargains she could find when something caught her eye. Yes, Thomas spotted a designer diaper bag, and she knew she had to have it.
The price tag must have been a pleasant surprise, too. Normally selling for $200, it was available at that particular store for only $3. Naturally, then, she bought it and headed straight home.
However, it was once she returned home that she realized something wasn’t quite right with the item. “I was cleaning it and just noticed something heavy shaking around in there,” she told local news station KTVL.
Thomas kept looking but simply couldn’t work out what was inside because the bag appeared to be empty. However, she then spotted a hole in the lining of the diaper bag and investigated further.
She reached her hand through the hole and subsequently found the mystery item. It turned out to be a digital camera. Thomas was baffled by the discovery and realized that she had bought far more than she’d bargained for.
So what did she do next? Well, she turned the camera on, and some photographs flashed up on the screen – meaning that the memory card must still be in the camera. Thomas then flicked through the photos and saw lots of images of a mother and a baby.
She thought about what to do next, but to her there was really only one option. “I would hate to lose pictures,” she told KTVL. So she had one thing to do: find the original owner of the camera.
“It might not be much, but it is to somebody,” she said, and consequently her search began. She decided to take her needle in a haystack mission to Facebook, where she shared a few of the images found on the device.
Thomas then asked her Facebook friends to share the images in the hope of finding the woman in the photographs. And incredibly, she managed to successfully locate the owner within an hour. Her name? Katie Conner.
The next thing to do, of course, was organize a reunion, so that Conner could have her camera back. Thomas subsequently pulled up in a parking lot to find a very grateful Conner striding towards her, beaming.
“Thank you!” Conner exclaimed as she approached Thomas in the parking lot. Once reunited with the camera she’d lost years earlier, Conner was delighted. “I think we thought it was long gone!” she admitted.
Although this parking lot exchange occurred in 2017, the photographs had been taken in 2011. Indeed, her baby boy who features in most of the images is now seven years old. Understandably, Conner was excited to get home and see what else was on the camera.
It will certainly have been a trip down memory lane for Conner, who for more than half a decade had thought that the images had been lost forever. However, thanks to Good Samaritan Thomas, she now had her precious memories back.
Conner was extremely grateful, but Thomas didn’t see what all the fuss was about. “I didn’t think of it as a big deal. I would think that anyone else would do it, but I guess maybe nowadays that isn’t the case,” she told KTVL.
“I didn’t buy a camera, I bought a bag, and that’s wrong,” she continued. “I live by the golden rule – I would hate someone to do that to me.” As a result, she made sure to do her best to get it back to the rightful owner.
While some people would have pocketed the camera or even sold it on, Thomas instead put herself in the owner’s shoes and did the honorable thing. Sympathetic social media users also played a big part in this story – and everyone involved should feel proud.