This afternoon when I was walking on the beach I spotted this bit of glass in the sand.
Eep. Imagine someone stepping on that!
I confess I’m a bit slack when it comes to picking up rubbish on the beach – which sadly, we do get – but I really should change my attitude and just automatically take a plastic bag with me and do my bit for the earth.
I spotted it on my way up, so thought (given that there weren’t many people on the beach at the time) I’d grab it on my way back. I nearly missed it though, as a mere 20 or so minutes later, with the tide coming in, some waves were starting to lap over it. I spotted it though, and grabbed it.
Then, a few metres later, I spotted a pinkish bit of paper.
But there was an older (than me) couple not far up the beach from me – and the bloke looked as if he’d just come out of the water. He was drying himself off and putting more sunscreen on. (Mind you, earlier there had been some young guys mucking around in the water too… but they were gone.)
So, I did the right thing, and approached them. “Have you lost any money?” I asked.
Now, I’m really not sure whether he caught a glimpse of it before I had the foresight to put my hand behind my back. He started muttering about a $5 bill in his pocket. (He sounded North American to me – an Aussie would have said ‘note’ I think.) I suggested he check. An lo and behold, it wasn’t there.
So I gave it to him.
However I can’t quite allay the niggling doubt that he just scammed me. Or the voice in my head telling me that if he was dopey enough to go swimming with a five dollar note in his board short pocket (that has no fastener) then he deserved to lose it.
That’s TWO good deeds today Universe. I hope it doesn’t go unnoted!