Mystery surrounds identity of Geraldton good Samaritan

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Jeff Kulen-Smith holds the wallet that fell from his car roof while he was driving on a highway.
Camera IconJeff Kulen-Smith holds the wallet that fell from his car roof while he was driving on a highway. Credit: Tamra Carr, The Geraldton Guardian

When a big, burly tattoo-covered man arrived unannounced at a central Geraldton property, homeowner Jeff Kulen-Smith expected a delivery of cow manure.

Instead, he was handed his wallet, which he didn’t realise was missing.

“I would have been in despair if I’d had to replace all of those cards,” the 66-year-old said.

“There was about $500 in that wallet too, and not a cent gone.”

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Mr Kulen-Smith unknowingly lost his wallet after he placed it on top of his car when putting shopping away at the Homemaker Centre.

He drove onto North West Coastal Highway with the wallet still atop his vehicle, and it flew off as he gained speed.

It hit the road and was run over once or twice before the unknown man pulled over and read the address on the owner’s driver’s licence.

About five minutes after Mr Kulen-Smith arrived home, the stranger and a woman pulled up in his driveway.

“I had ordered cow manure, so I was expecting that,” Mr Kulen-Smith said.

“But then he asks, ‘is this your driver’s licence?’ And I go,’ where did you get that?’

“And he says ... ‘on the highway’.”

Mr Kulen-Smith said he had offered the man money for the return of his belongings, but the stranger wouldn’t take any cash.

He left soon afterwards.

Mr Kulen-Smith, who looks after his 94-year-old mum, said the experience showed the good virtues of people in Geraldton.

“He could have just left it, he could have taken his time bringing it to my house,” Mr Kulen-Smith said.

“But he did the right thing.

“I just want to say thanks.”

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