Tears of joy after kind actCAR WASHER Martin Greenidge is proud of the action that he took after he found an envelope containing bills and money. (Lennox Devonish)
By Anesta Henry | Fri, May 04, 2012 - 12:02 AM
CAR WASHER MARTIN GREENIDGE was the anonymous man who went into Taylor’s Cycling Centre on St Michael’s Row and handed postman Tyrone Evelyn an envelope that contained bills and money.
Last Thursday, in the middle of running an errand in the cycle shop, Greenidge forced the envelope into Evelyn’s hand. When he checked the bills, the postman discovered that the bills, which belonged to legally blind Leroy Smith, who lost the package, were due on that same day and he paid them and returned the envelope with the receipts to its owner.
Yesterday, the DAILY NATION carried a story on page 5 highlighting Evelyn’s honest deed. That story was seen by Greenidge who, overcome with emotion, told the WEEKEND NATION his side to the story.
“I went in Taylor’s Cycle Centre and when I come out I see an envelope on the ground. When I look in it I see that it had in bills and money. So I went back in Taylor’s and hand it to the postman.”
The car washer pointed out that he had chosen the postman to give the envelope to because “I see that he is a postman and he could deliver it back to the owner” .
“But, the reason that I push the money in his hand was because I had to get back in the car park [located next to Taylor’s] so that when cars come for me to wash I would be here. Washing cars is how I make an honest dollar,” he said.
Greenidge, 59, said that it was impossible to fully explain how he felt that his honesty was able to help Smith, whom he indicated he remembered from passing in the area.
“I feel good because since I was 11, I remember my mother always telling me that if I find money that don’t belong to me to don’t keep it. She used to tell me give it back to the owner if I know them or give it to an adult. I feel real happy with what I did.”
Hurt my heart
Tears trickling down his face, Greenidge said: “When I read in the paper that he blind it hurt me a lot. It really hurt my heart because I don’t know when I could get blind and need somebody to help me.”
General manager of the Taylor’s Cycle Centre, Martin Taylor, said he witnessed the handing over of the envelope and was satisfied with how things turned out.
“I saw Martin bring the envelope and give it to the postman. And we were going to take the envelope and go pay the bills but the postman said he would take care of things. I would love this kind of honest action to happen all the time,” said Taylor.
In yesterday’s stories, both Smith and Evelyn requested that Greenidge to contact them. As a result, the car washer formally met the postman yesterday at the Barbados Postal Service, Cheapside headquarters and conversed with Smith via cellphone.
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