Sinsing Precinct of Kaohsiung City Police Department, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A 38-year-old Filipino caregiver in Kaohsiung expressed her deepest gratitude to the police and to two Taiwanese visitors to the city who returned her lost purse intact with her Filipino identity documents and passport on Friday.

At around 8:30 pm on April 19, the Filipina named Celine realized her purse was missing while doing last-minute shopping. She was buying Taiwanese goods and souvenirs as she had recently completed her contract at an elderly person’s home in Qianjin District, the United Daily News reported.

The lost purse contained her Filipino identification documents and passport, meaning that she might miss her scheduled flight home if she had to wait for the re-issue of the lost documents.

When officers from Sinsing Precinct of Kaohsiung City Police Department learned of the woman’s dismay, they alerted all patrol officers to be on the lookout for the woman’s lost property.

At around the same time, a Taiwanese woman surnamed Lin and her friend stepped into the police precinct to hand in a purse that they had picked up at a night market. The purse was Celine’s.

Knowing that the two women were visitors from the north of Taiwan. Celine volunteered to show them downtown Kaohsiung to express her gratitude for their honesty. They even posed for a photo with the police officer prior to their adventure.

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