Mystery Good Samaritan returns forgotten ATM money to Kildare man

Kildare town man Patrick Braiden is putting out an appeal through the Leinster Leader to find the Good Samaritan who returned a sum of cash he mistakenly left in an ATM.

Kildare town man Patrick Braiden is putting out an appeal through the Leinster Leader to find the Good Samaritan who returned a sum of cash he mistakenly left in an ATM.

Patrick attempted to withdraw €260 from the Bank of Ireland bank machine in Kildare town this morning, Thursday April 18. However, he thought he had pushed the wrong button on the machine and left before the cash appeared.

He went into the bank to tell them that no money had appeared, and also to withdraw the additional €8 of his disability benefit, on which he and his wife Philomena depend.

“The next thing I got a tap on the shoulder, and a woman said ‘you left that behind you’, giving me the money,” said Patrick.

“I was stunned, I still can’t get over it,” he added.

Distracted, Patrick says he did not thank the woman properly. He cannot remember much about her, except that she was wearing a long, white or light coloured coat and a hat, possibly with flowers on it.

The grateful Maryville man said: “I would like to find out who she is and at least send her a thank you card.”

He said he was stunned and astounded that an honest person had found the money and gone after him.

“[If I had lost the money] I would have had a heart attack and died as I am on medication for my heart,” he said.

If you are the person who returned the money to Patrick, or you know who she is, you can email us at editor@leinsterleader.ie or call 045 897302.

- Laura Coates