Saturday, August 24, 2013
What are the chances?
From Eyewitness News:
A woman accidentally threw away thousands of dollars meant to pay for her daughter's college tuition.
The Queens mom has her money back, thanks to some New York City sanitation workers.
Harried working mother of two Melissa Gallagher was rushing from home to her double parked car when she stopped at the garbage can on her corner to throw out a water bottle.
"And it must've just slipped off my wrist," Gallagher said.
Her little Coach wristlet pocketbook, had slipped off into the trash, but this one carried treasure!
"$4,000," Gallagher said.
She was carrying the cash to make a bank deposit to cover her daughter Clarissa's tuition, a basketball player and Junior at SUNY Old Westbury.
The corner can had been emptied along with all the others on Myrtle Avenue, so she frantically called the Department of Sanitation.
The city collects roughly 10,500 tons of refuse a day, rolling 2,230 collection trucks continuously, but DSNY welcomed her to go through the garbage of that truck on her route the next day.
A supervisor had the haul laid out at the Waste Management facility in Maspeth, and the determined mom started digging.
Several helpful sanitation workers assisted in the search, but it was Melissa herself, who spotted the designer pouch.