Look Before You Junk

April 13, 2009 at 7:20 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment


audrey_A New Zealander is wracked with pangs of regret after accidentally putting his roommate’s prized possessions out on the curb for scavengers to take. According to the New Zealand Herald, last weekend Tony Rice was cleaning up his cluttered flat and set out some boxes he’d packed with his own discards. He didn’t realize that another box he put out contained the as-yet-unpacked treasures of a woman who had only recently moved into the flat.

“Within hours, the box of precious items was gone from Larchwood Ave in Grey Lynn. Rice, 32, assumes it disappeared into one of the vans or trucks trawling the streets for cast-offs. But now he’s asking the person to give it back: ‘It’s like ripping off your new mate, so I’m doing everything I can to fix it.’ The box belonged to his new flatmate, musician Jess Benson. Inside were a sewing basket she was given at age three — ‘it was one of my first memories’ — sheet music she’d written, a flute, a tree trunk art piece, Audrey Hepburn books and personal records with her name.

“The box was still in the living room because she hadn’t yet bought furniture to hold its contents. When she noticed it was gone, she texted Rice, asking if he knew where it was. ‘He came in and said, “Jess, I’ve done something bad.” We sort of put two and two together and had an emotional few moments. My first reaction was panic, and despair because the odds of getting them back aren’t huge. But it’s impossible to be angry because Tony has been doing everything he can to fix his mistake.’

“Rice, a DJ, has posted notices around the neighbourhood, contacted radio stations and had an appeal published in the Herald’s Sideswipe column. But so far, the only calls have been from sympathetic friends wishing them luck.”

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