Trip saved by ‘good samaritan’

Visting Spanish student Ilianne Rifa Contreras, centre left, thanks Faye Mackin, centre right, of Topshop in the Brunswick Centre, after the fashion shop found her purse in the store containing all her holiday money for her month long trip. 113122b
Visting Spanish student Ilianne Rifa Contreras, centre left, thanks Faye Mackin, centre right, of Topshop in the Brunswick Centre, after the fashion shop found her purse in the store containing all her holiday money for her month long trip. 113122b
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SHOP assistant Faye Mackin really did save the day.

Spanish student Ilianne Rifa Conteras left her purse, which contained £400 spending money, in Topshop on a visit there on Monday.

Visting Spanish student Ilianne Rifa Contreras(left), thanks Faye Mackin, of Topshop in the Brunswick Centre, after the fashion shop found her purse in the store containing all her holiday money for her month long trip. Delighted and relieved, Ilianne brought chocolates and a card to thank the shop staff, who had tracked her down from details in the purse.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  113122a  02/08/11

Visting Spanish student Ilianne Rifa Contreras(left), thanks Faye Mackin, of Topshop in the Brunswick Centre, after the fashion shop found her purse in the store containing all her holiday money for her month long trip. Delighted and relieved, Ilianne brought chocolates and a card to thank the shop staff, who had tracked her down from details in the purse. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113122a 02/08/11

It was found on the counter of the clothes store in the Brunswick Centre, Scarborough, by Faye whose only thought was to get it back to the owner.

Faye, 22, from Filey, said: “I found the purse but didn’t even open it until my supervisor returned, as I didn’t want to possibly be accused of anything.”

They used the details in the purse to track own Ilianne and got in touch.

“I wouldn’t take anything in a million years,” said Faye. “I lost my purse last year, and never got it back, so I wouldn’t wish the feeling on anyone.”

Ilianne only noticed her loss hours later when she visited McDonald’s.

Christine Daniel, who’s looking after the students during their trip, said: “When she realised her loss her face just filled up with shock.

“I can’t say enough good about Faye. She’s saved the students’ holiday, but I don’t think that she’s told her parents about it yet.”

Helen Manton, the store’s deputy manager, said: “I’m really proud of Faye but she’s the kind of person who would do that as she’s honest and kind.”