Joseph saw the wallet fall out of the man’s pocket just as he got into the taxicab, but by the time he ran up to the cab, the man and the cab were gone — his screaming went for naught, presumably viewed by the man and the cab as a ploy to get the cab for himself.
He picked up the wallet and hailed another cab and yelled at the cab driver to follow the other cab — it only took a little bit of convincing to get his driver to understand that he was doing it for a good reason.
They followed the cab and he noticed that the wallet dropper kept looking back at him with increasingly uncomfortable facial expressions.
He tried to hold up the wallet for the man to see but he didn’t seem to even recognize his own wallet — perhaps because it was such a distance between the two cars, or the man just didn’t realize yet that he had dropped his wallet.
The cab pulled over at the curb at JFK and the man got out looking extremely anxious.
The cab driver pulled the man’s luggage out of the trunk and presented the man with the bill.
At this point the man put his hand into one pocket and then another pocket and started searching around frantically to find a wallet that he would not ever find.
Joseph jumped out of the back of the cab in which he was riding and started approaching the man by the cab, who started yelling at him to get away from him and to quit following him.
Joseph pulled the man’s wallet out of his pocket and quickly explained to him how he had dropped it by the curb when he was first getting into the cab, and how he had tried to yell and scream for him to stop getting into the cab without his wallet — and how he then had to follow him in the second cab in order to return his lost wallet.
The man felt embarrassed for yelling at Joseph and thanked him for not only rescuing his wallet but for restoring his faith in the basic goodness of people.
What an excellent morality tale for a rainy day, Gordon! Thanks for the divine inspiration!
Thanks, David! I aim to please! 🙂