From the Times Ledger:
A Flushing woman was shocked when she lost an envelope containing nearly $3,000 last month, but she was even more surprised when it was returned to her without a dollar missing.
On July 16, Barbara Fitzpatrick, a 65-year-old retired teacher, went to the bank and withdrew $2,900 and placed it into a white envelope. She was going to use the money to buy a new computer after running some errands.
But while she was walking through the parking lot of the Whitestone Pathmark near Ulmer Street and 31st Avenue, the envelope somehow wormed its way out of her pocket. She noticed the missing cash when she got back in her car to drive home before heading to Best Buy.
Little did she know that just after the envelope fell to the pavement, a man named Nino Lercara was leaving a nearby shop with some newspapers in his arm.
As the 64-year-old retired mason was walking back to his car, he noticed the envelope on the ground and picked it up without thinking, placing it on top of the newspapers he then stacked in the passenger seat.
Curious, he took a peek inside the package on the way home and could not believe what he saw.
“When I opened the envelope, I pulled off on the side. I saw 20s,” he said. “It was $2,900.”
He immediately called his wife of 43 years, Nina, who told a stunned Lercara to turn around and see if he could locate the owner of the envelope.
Fitzpatrick could not believe her eyes when she returned to the parking lot and saw Lercara waving the envelope in the air.