A floor salesman of the Tappoo store in Nadi received a grand pat on his back for his good deed.
And Mesulame Uqeuqe, 31, believes his action will have a positive impact on people’s lives.
Sabya Wati, a former Fijian resident who now lives in Tauranga, New Zealand, had been shopping in the upmarket, tourist store where Mr Uqeuqe has been employed since 2007.
Ms Wati then paid her bill, picked up her shopping and headed for the door, she unknowingly had forgotten her iPhone 7 on the counter.
Tucked in the cover of her iPhone 7 were assorted cards.
Mr Uqeuqe spotted the high-end gadget on the counter and knew it belonged to none other than Ms Wati.
He knew exactly what to do.
Without hesitation, he ventured out onto the busy street along which the Tappoo store is located, in search of Ms Wati.
And as luck would have it, the two caught up with each and the iphone7 was handed over.
Relief for Ms Wati.
“My heart-felt thanks to such a diligent and honest staff of Tappoos, Nadi, who acted with utmost sincerity by picking up my iPhone 7 that I forgot on top of their counter while cashing out on Wednesday,” an elated Ms Wati said.
“He left everything and came looking for me in a busy Nadi street and thank God he met me and handed over the phone. Vinaka vakalevu Tappoos.”
Mr Uqeuqe, of Vatutu, Nadi, said he had done similar good deeds in the past.
“I knew that the customer would come back since I served them,” he said.
“What we do to others will be done to us. What a man sows a man shall reap. When you do good you get blessed and get those comforting words.”
Mr Uqeuqe loves his work in the tourism industry.
He is of the opinion that any such good deed needs to be told and not swept under the carpet.
Mr Uqeuqe believes that our society these days is missing acts of honesty.
Before Ms Wati’s family flew out of the country yesterday, they visited Mr Uqeuqe and told him they would be back to see him.
Meanwhile, today will be just another ordinary working day for Mr Uqeuqe. A day he spends smiling and serving tourists and locals alike.