The Amazing Returns Of A Car, Checkbook

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - March 03, 2010
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Aloha, Pamela,

My car was stolen from my residence in Nuuanu. It was found the next day, unharmed, just a few blocks away in the Kuakini Hospital employees’ parking lot by a very thoughtful security guard, Kenton Takata. Although I had reported the theft to HPD within minutes of noticing the loss, it was not yet on the computer when Mr. Takata initially called to say he’d found the car without the proper parking pass. But he persevered and called again until his information matched HPD’s report of my stolen car. He could have had the car towed since it didn’t belong in the lot, but he very kindly took the time to call HPD again until the theft report became available. By not towing the car, he saved me untold time and money, and for that I’m very grateful. Mr. Takata is a great example of an employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Cinde Fisher

Dear Cinde,

“We try not to jump to conclusions,” says Kuakini security officer Kenton Takata. “We try to give the owner the benefit of the doubt. My night shift found Ms. Fisher’s vehicle and called HPD. The police had nothing on file at that time. A couple days later the car was still there, but when we called HPD again, it was listed as stolen.”

three star

Hi, Pamela,

I’d like to give big APPLAUSE to Jesse, who works for the City and County at the Halawa District Park. One morning while cleaning the park he found my checkbook laying on the wet grass! About the same time I realized that my checkbook was missing, Jesse gave me a call! My checkbook must have fallen out of my bag while I was at the park the afternoon before watching my boys play baseball. His honesty and going a “step beyond” saved me a lot of stress and time!

Jann Hara

Dear Jann,

Jess Midbrod said he had already been notified by his supervisor that a checkbook had been reported missing. “I found it by some rubbish cans. I looked at the checks, got her phone number and called. I’m glad we were able to help. One day might be me.”

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