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Makeup bag filled with cash found on public bus, returned to owner

A bus driver in Missouri was able to help reunite a makeup bag containing hundreds of dollars with the woman who accidentally left it aboard the vehicle.

Andrea Raglon, who drives a Ride KC bus for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, said she was cleaning her vehicle when she found a makeup bag that nearly ended up being thrown into the trash.

“I was just going to throw it away and I said, Oh, this is heavy,” Raglon told WDAF-TV. “I didn’t count it at first. I saw a couple of $100 bills. I just put it back in the bag.”

Raglon enlisted the help of KCATA Dispatch Supervisor Erica Porter to help return the bag to its owner.

“I said, ‘I’m not putting this in lost and found. I’m not doing that. We’re going to find this lady and we’re going to give her her money back,'” said Erica Porter, a KCATA dispatch supervisor.

An emergency medical contact card inside the bag gave them the owner’s name, Faye Moss, and within hours they were able to find the woman’s address.

Road supervisor Ken Lewis located Moss walking near her home and brought her to Ride KC headquarters to claim her property.

Moss, 76, said she uses the bag as a wallet, and the cash inside had been intended for a mortgage payment.

“I didn’t want to tell anybody because everybody’s on me about my memory. I’m getting to the point where I don’t remember things anymore,” Moss said.

Moss said she is grateful to the KCATA employees for putting so much effort into returning her bag.

“There’s still some good folks in the world. There are people who will help you,” she said.