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Letter to editor prompts memory card miracle

The Local/dl · 9 Jan 2011, 11:54

Published: 09 Jan 2011 11:54 GMT+01:00

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Back in October, Pontus Göransson lost a memory card with pictures from his youngest daughter’s baptism.

He made the heartbreaking discovery as he was standing at the counter of a local photography store to order thank you cards for guests who had attended the ceremony.

“I was dumfounded, I knew I’d put it far down in my pocket so I wouldn’t lose it,” Göransson told the local Sydsvenskan newspaper.

He figured the irreplaceable pictures stored in the tiny 3cmx3cm square piece of plastic were gone forever.

But a few weeks later Göransson received a phone call from his father-in-law asking if he’d read the morning paper.

In it was a short letter to the editor entitled “Someone who lost a memory card?”

Göransson said he “couldn’t believe his eyes” when he read the letter.

“That must be my memory card,” he recalled thinking.

The letter had been written by fellow Malmö resident and amateur photographer Manne Widung, who noticed something on the sidewalk near the same photo store where Göransson realised he’d lost his precious baptism pictures.

Widung picked up the memory card and began thinking about ways to contact the owner, eventually deciding that the best source of clues about the card would likely come from any pictures stored on it.

One of the images showed a baptism cake with the words “Isabelle, October 16th”, but Widung’s internet searches to find out more about recent baptisms proved fruitless.

As a last resort, he penned a letter to Sydsvenskan, hoping it would be read by whoever lost the memory card.

Upon reading the letter in the newspaper, Göransson quickly got in touch with Widung and verified that the card was indeed his.

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When the two met in person both were amazed that the story had such a happy ending.

“You just don’t think things like this can happen,” they told the newspaper, nearly in unison.

While Widung insisted that the satisfaction of having helped a fellow citizen was reward enough for his efforts, Göransson told Sydsvenskan he planned to give Widung a bottle of high-end whiskey as thanks for helping bring about the memory card miracle.

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Your comments about this article

13:51 January 9, 2011 by Arturio
This episode teaches us an important lesson: never give up hope
15:15 January 9, 2011 by Mr. Puppy
This episode teaches us an important lesson: when you do something commendable in Swedish society, you get high-end whiskey.
18:01 January 9, 2011 by Douglas Garner
How about: good deeds don't always get punished? This is the kind of story we really need to hear more of in Sweden... someone actually went out of their way to help another person! Next thing you know, someone may actually volunteer do do something... or am I being overly optomistic?
20:50 January 9, 2011 by stockholm08
@Mr. Puppy: I agree. =)
01:36 January 10, 2011 by fikatid
".... never thought he'd never see the memory card...."

should be

".... never thought he'd EVER see the memory card...."
02:28 January 10, 2011 by Kassahun M.
Dear the local, your news really give me a hope for my lost keys.

On 16 November 2010, I lost a bunch of keys (betweeen 10-12keys) in Stockholm around the T Centralen.

I tried my best to find but i couldn,t able to get them back and I gave up.

I wish if I am lucky like Göransson. But now, my hope is revived.

Can i try your Letter to editor?
11:09 January 10, 2011 by Youdee
@Mr. Puppy. No champagne. I gave my "hero" a huge bottle of champagne.

The young man who noticed I was standing with an "empty" leash in my hand -- looking forlorn -- had the good sense to put our cocker spaniel into his van when he saw the dog wandering about in another part of the neighborhood. He was about to call the police when my son approached him to find out if he'd seen our dog. GREAT ending to a frustrating afternoon.
12:00 January 10, 2011 by karex
Nice to read good news for a change. :)
13:59 January 10, 2011 by GOOD KARMA
By ´high-end´ whisky i take it they are talking drinkable (i.e not Bells e.t.c) and not the cooking whisky that strips the enamel from your teeth.

Nice to see there are honest, careing and helpfull people out there reversing our mistakes.
00:23 January 11, 2011 by fm
Yet again....another worthless piece of news......
05:57 January 12, 2011 by Garry Jones
If only the story would end there...... Now, there are very strict laws about alcohol in Sweden and the memory card finder will now face fines and extra tax, the guy that gave him the bottle of Whiskey will be done for giving it away without charging the tax. Sweden, sweet Sweden....
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