California fruit stand workers return lost wallet to William Shatner
He cannot live long and prosper without his wallet.
‘Star Trek’ legend William Shatner left his wallet in the corn bin of a California fruit stand – but the vendor decided to go bold and turn the item over to the authorities.
Shatner — famous for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the sci-fi TV series — visited a B&T Farms stand to pick up cherries and corn last week, according to the Washington Post
The owner’s daughter, Natalie, later discovered the bumpy brown wallet in the trash. Not realizing it belonged to a celebrity, Natalie gave the wallet to her father the next day.
“You’re kidding me,” the father, Gary Tognetti, said when he saw Shatner’s name on the driver’s license.
Tognetti texted a friend, Mark Tarasco, who is also a police officer with the Gilroy Police Department.
“I said to him, ‘Hey, we found this wallet,’ and he wasn’t sure if I was telling a little joke,” Tognetti, a fourth-generation farmer, told ABC 7 in California.
Tarasco then hit base with other members of his department, including Sergeant John Ballard with a question.
“And I asked him, ‘Hey, how do I get my hands on a celebrity?'” he told the television network.
Gilroy police contacted Beverly Hills police hoping to connect with Shatner and two hours later authorities were in contact with Shatner’s agent.
“They actually FedEx it on Thursday, and he got it on Friday,” Tognetti told The Washington Post.
Shatner thanked the team who returned their wallets on Tuesday.
“I want to thank Gary and Natalie from B&T Farms for their extreme honesty in returning my lost wallet to me,” he wrote. “They are obviously good citizens. I would also like to thank Officer Mark Tarasco and Sergeant John Ballard for [Gilroy police]. My best, Bill.
Tognetti now wants to put up a sign to alert passers-by that Captain Kirk is shopping at his fruit stand.
“I thought about putting up a sign: ‘William Shatner was there,'” a proud Tognetti told ABC 7.