A Golf Employee ‘Noticed Something’ While Picking Up Trash That Had Been Missing for 20 Years: ‘I Said This Is So Cool That We Found This’

An Ohio golf worker happened to stumble upon an item that had been missing for 20 years as he performed his groundskeeping duties — and then was able to successfully use Facebook to return it to its owner.

Two decades prior, a 24-year-old Kevin Gibson fresh out of the military had lost his wallet while at the Brookside Golf Course.

“I remember riding in a golf cart through the golf course. After that, it was when I realized that I didn’t have my wallet anymore. I remember thinking ‘oh no, not again.’ It was like the second or third time in my life that I had lost my wallet,” Gibson told WJW-TV.

A golf employee found a wallet that had been missing for 20 years when he was performing his groundskeeping duties. (Image source: Screen grab via WJW-TV)
A golf employee found a wallet that had been missing for 20 years when he was performing his groundskeeping duties. (Image source: Screen grab via WJW-TV)

That was in 1994. 20 years later, head groundskeeper Jim Willis stumbled upon it.

“We were over here picking up trash and I noticed something and picked it up. It was a wallet. There wasn’t much wallet left, just the cards so we turned it into the pro shop,” he told WJW.

A golf employee found a wallet that had been missing for 20 years when he was performing his groundskeeping duties. (Image source: Screen grab via WJW-TV)
A golf employee found a wallet that had been missing for 20 years when he was performing his groundskeeping duties. (Image source: Screen grab via WJW-TV)

Inside was a drivers license and college ID, dated from the 1990.

“I said this is so cool that we found this,” assistant manager Jim Howell said. “I think I’m going to put a note on my Facebook page, and that we found it and that it is about 20 years old. A friend of mine on Facebook came back and said ‘I think I know the guy you are talking about.'”

Miraculously, the post succeeded in reuniting Gibson with his wallet just six hours after Howell put the post on Facebook.

“A friend that I had went to school with saw the post, reached me through Facebook and told me that they had found a wallet with my name on some of the stuff inside of it,” Gibson told WJW.

“It was quite a surprise that day. It was good news. I think it’s the last time I actually lost my wallet. So I’m kind of glad that it’s the last time it happened,” he added.

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