A social media campaign has reunited a worker with the bulging pay packet he lost in a pub just before Christmas.
The story began when a brown old-style pay envelope inscribed with just the word “Mariusz” was handed in at the Alexandra pub in Wimbledon.
Pub manager Mick said: “So last night in the Alex we found a pay packet. It’s obviously some poor bugger’s Christmas money, so we’d really like to get it back to them. I’ve a hunch it was a bunch of folks I spoke to myself last night, they said they were from a construction company… One of them will be really sad today, let’s make him really happy by finding him and getting him his Christmas box back.”
But with the limited information, leads were not immediately forthcoming. Nonetheless, Mick pressed on, even tweeting stills from the pub CCTV, pointing out who he thought “Mariusz” could be. Learning the name is Polish, the pub even put out an appeal in Polish, earning it some traction in the local community.
Two days later there was still no sign of him, with Mick ruefully tweeting: “Come on Mariusz, we’ve got your wages. The worst Christmas ever is about to turn into the best Christmas ever, just gotta find him.”
Christmas came and went, but Mick continued to push the appeal on social media, until on 27 December he revealed: “Oh my God we’ve got him! He’s just…