ALEX Shain pulled her car over at a dangerous Hume Highway off-ramp to do a good deed for a stranger.
After seeing a wallet on the side of the road at the Thurgoona Drive exit, the corporal, who recently returned from active duty in Afghanistan, didn’t think twice.
“I was brought up to treat people the way you want to be treated,” she said.
“I know the feeling when you lose your wallet, it’s a very personal thing and there were baby photos of kids in there.
“I had to stop and pick it up.”
Checking the driver’s licence inside, Ms Shain, from Albury, found the wallet belonged to Lyndall Withers, and returned it to the Wodonga woman’s neighbour as Mrs Withers wasn’t home.
Mrs Withers, who works at Bendigo Bank, accidentally left her wallet on the back bar of her car in Wodonga.
Weighed down by coins, cards, old photos and trinkets from her grandparents, the wallet rode the bar all the way to Thurgoona, where it fell last Saturday and Ms Shain found it hours later.
“We have people every day coming in to the bank who have had their wallet pinched,” Mrs Withers said.
“Police said I was going to be lucky if I got it back, that I should look in the recycle bins.”
She searched Facebook and wrote to The Border Mail to find Ms Shain and extend her thanks.
“I see a lot of the other side of this situation, that’s why I made an effort to say thanks,” she said.
Ms Shain, who finished her second round of service in Afghanistan in November, said she hoped if she lost something, someone would return it to her.