Honesty at immigration

My wife and I are frequent visitors to Grand Cayman, starting in 1983. We bought a condo in 1995, and we are active in our island church — St. Ignatius of Loyola. We love the island and its people and consider this our second home.

We arrived on Monday to spend a week on island, and we’ll be working with engaged couples this weekend at St. Ignatius, helping them prepare for married life.

Imagine my surprise when I arrived at my condo from the airport and received a call from Immigration, telling me that they had found my wallet with passports, credit cards, and cash both in U.S. and CI denominations. Sure enough, I had left the wallet on top of the machine used to pay for parking.

I quickly drove to the airport, asked for Immigration, and hoped to speak with the woman who called me. Unfortunately, I did not get her name, but she was extraordinarily nice and professional. She told me that she had opened the wallet to find any information about its owner, she traced the immigration card to our address and phone number, and had counted the cash and credit cards in the wallet.

As she handed me the wallet, she told me I should be happy that this happened in the Cayman Islands since in many other countries, including my own USA, would not have had the same outcome.

Bottom line. Everything was intact and I am very grateful for her honesty. I work for government in the USA and know that there are ethical restrictions on tips and rewards for such honesty, so I did not offer her money for her honesty. Both my wife and I felt that public recognition of this wonderful act of honesty and integrity is appropriate, and we want this anonymous government employee to know how much we appreciate what she has done. It was the right thing to do and she did it!

It reinforces our love of this island.

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