What would you do if you found a wallet that not only contained almost US $3,000 but also held evidence of to whom it might belong?
Well the decision to turn it over to the police came easily to 30-year-old of Union Road, Hatton, who recently found himself in such a situation while enjoying his favourite evening pastime of watching cruise ships sail out of Heritage Quay.
It was on Friday, January 7 that Christian found the wallet belonging to Professor Franzini Dott Mariano, a cruise passenger on board the prestigious Regatta, who had unknowingly lost it.
He handed it over to officers at Heritage Quay Police Station, Mariano was alerted and the wallet returned.
For his honesty, Christian has been toasted by St John’s Development Corporation (SJDC), and local agent for the Regatta cruise ship, Bryson’s Shipping, which yesterday presented him with a monetary reward and a plaque during a brief ceremony at the Heritage Hotel.
SJDC Executive Director, Senator Anthony Stuart described the young man as a hero and an ambassador of Antigua & Barbuda.
He said, “His honesty must be emulated by all Antiguans and Barbudans. We say here that tourism is everybody’s business and Mr Christian demonstrated that cruise tourism is his business by acting in a most honest manner. We always want to enhance the experience of the visitors to our shores and it is these intangibles that will go a long way in achieving this.”
Stuart stressed that Christian’s mother, Patricia Frederick who was present at the ceremony, should be commended for raising a son who had such integrity.
Manager at Bryson’s Shipping, Nathan Dundas who is also President of the Antigua & Barbuda Cruise Association, (ABCA) concurred saying he was “proud” of the young man’s actions.
“I challenge the media to make sure this information gets out to all the regional media houses. One of the things we have an issue with in the tourism industry in the Caribbean is that negative news is what makes the headlines. When we have positive news like this it speaks well to the citizenry of the Caribbean, in this particular case, Antigua & Barbuda,” he noted.
Dundas revealed that as a “token gesture of appreciation” from the cruise line, Christian and his mother would be treated to lunch on board the Regatta when it makes a scheduled call to St John’s next month.
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