A lucky Scot has been reunited with his wallet after losing it in Paris – thanks to his bus pass.
Chris Jobson, 60, was frantic after his wallet fell out of his pocket on the streets of the French city.
The postman returned to his hotel room to begin cancelling his bank cards and filling out insurance forms.
But he was stopped in his tracks when his mobile phone rang – with Edinburgh City Council at the other end.
They knew where his wallet had gone after Belgian holidaymakers found it and called the number on the back of Chris’ bus pass.
He said: “The feeling of relief was just unbelievable, and it was all because my bus pass had been in my wallet – they managed to track me down so easily.”
Chris, from Edinburgh, had been on holiday with a friend at the end of October when the incident happened.
They were taking a walk in the Opera district of the city when he noticed his wallet had gone.
He said: “My jacket had zip-up pockets and I kept checking every so often to make sure my wallet was still there. I’d read about pickpockets so I was really conscious.
“When I noticed it was missing, to say I was distraught would be an understatement. It had all my bank cards, money, metro tickets, and, of course, my bus pass in there.
“I was trying to back track to where I might have lost it but I just couldn’t think.”
But to his amazement, a member of the city council’s One Edinburgh call centre phoned Chris in France, after a couple from Bruges – also on holiday in Paris – contacted them.
They asked the council to pass their details on to Chris so they could give him back his wallet before they returned to Belgium.
The couple then made their way to his hotel and he rushed to reception to meet them.
He said: “I just about hit the roof with excitement when the council told me it had been found.
“I honestly couldn’t believe it, you’d think losing a wallet in Paris would be like a needle in a haystack but I was so lucky.
“After I phoned the couple from Bruges, they said they’d bring it to my hotel.
“I almost burst out crying when I saw them – I was just so emotional.
“I am very grateful to the department at Edinburgh City Council who dealt with this. I am so grateful to have got my wallet back.”
Cllr Alasdair Rankin, Edinburgh’s finance and resources leader, who is in charge of the contact centre, said: “This is a great example of the service our contact centre provides to the people of Edinburgh – and in this case, Paris.
“This international rescue has helped reunite Chris with his wallet.”