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Waste site workers sift through 150 TONNES of rubbish to find girl’s iPad

Waste site workers sift through 150 TONNES of rubbish to find girl’s iPad

Here’s a feel-good story for you today! We just had to dedicate this spot on UKMums.TV to the hero waste site workers who brought a state of peace to a frantic family as they moved house. It’s a stressful enough time as it is!

Imagine the parents’ horror, though, when they realised seven-year-old daughter Zoey didn’t have the iPad she’d been given for Christmas, and that her younger brother was to blame (siblings, eh!) Four-year-old Riley confessed he had thrown the device away in the bin...all because his sister had annoyed him. Oh dear!

The Kerr family from East Lothian feared it’d been lost forever but contacted the council anyway on the off-chance it could be found, not imaging the massive operation that would get into swing. Six waste site workers painstakingly worked through their break to sift through an astonishing 150 tonnes of rubbish to find it. What an unpleasant task that must have been!

However all ended well and the iPad was found and reunited with its little owner. As the Metro reports, a very grateful young Zoey penned a thank you letter to the team, sending it to them along with her brother’s £20 Christmas money and chocolates, but they returned the cash. The company in charge of the site even sent Zoey an iTunes voucher to download her favourite songs. Such a sweet gesture after a happy ending!

Mum Gillian Kerr is quoted as saying: “When I reported it to the council and at the Eyemouth recycling centre, I really didn’t think we’d see it again. But the Viridor team took the time to find out where we lived to narrow down where it might be and then to search through the rubbish to find it. It has meant so much to our seven-year-old.”

Here at UKMums.TV, we salute the team at the Viridor waste site in Dunbar, East Lothian! This story has got us thinking here in the UKMums.TV office about times when people have gone beyond the call of duty. When was the last time someone saved the day for you and your family? We’d love to hear your stories, big or small. Share your tales with us over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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