Man loses cash, couple returns it

Somewhere in the Maplewood area is a couple who could’ve taken off with a pouch full of cash, the week’s receipts for a hair stylist who had put it on the roof of his car in a parking lot and got distracted taking care of his young son.

He didn’t realize until later that he left the money behind, but when he got back to the car, it was gone, WCCO reports.

Instead there was a note from “Kathryn and Larry.”


Justin Lovinella says he’ll provide free haircuts for life if he can find Kathryn and Larry.

More? OK.

In Newfoundland, Kathryn Nichol posted an ad online looking for an affordable car for her son, who lost his in a breakup.

Without a car, her son had no way to pick up his one-year-old daughter from her mother’s house or get to his work from his home, the CBC reports.

“He didn’t have a lot of money to buy any kind of expensive car, and I was kind of worried about him buying something and it not being a dependable car for his daughter […] If I could have bought him a car myself I would have,” she said.

Two hours later, a man called.

“It’s funny — he said, ‘Is your son a hard ticket? [Newfoundland slang for “troublemaker”]’ And I said, ‘No, he’s not a hard ticket.’ And he said, ‘Well, I’m going to give him a car.'”

Nichol said she and her son were shocked by the offer, and went to Tors Cove the next day not knowing what to expect.

But sure enough, the Good Samaritan stranger freely handed over the keys to a good-condition 1998 Audi.

Nichol said her son, Matthew, was in disbelief.

“He’s never been given anything like that before. For someone just to call up and give you a car, it’s not something that happens to you every day so it’s hard to wrap your head around it,” she said.

“We went up there and he cried and I cried. He loves his daughter so much… He was being limited with what he could do with her anymore.”

Randell O’Rielly, a mechanic, bought the car a month ago with the intent of driving it himself.

Randell O'Rielly (left) gave Matthew Puddester (right) a free Audi, after seeing an ad on Kijiji looking for an affordable vehicle for a family in need.  Photo: Kathryn Nichol via CBC.