“You don’t come across guys like this every day”: Edinburgh homeless man gets iPhone back to family after it’s lost on the way to the hospital

Marwa Zefoufi accidentally left her phone on the bus on her way to the hospital.

By Rachel Mackie
Monday, 14th September 2020, 7:36 pm
Updated Monday, 14th September 2020, 10:11 pm

An Edinburgh family has expressed gratitude to a homeless man after a lost iPhone 11 was returned to them.

Marwa Zefoufi was on her way to hospital when she accidentally left her new phone on the bus.

Her husband, Tamer, told the Edinburgh Evening News: “I had been trying to phone my wife about her hospital appointment, and was getting concerned that she wasn’t answering.

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“Even people who have their own home, their own job, people with money, would have made some cash out of it.”

“Then this guy answered the phone, said that he’d spoken to a lady who had also called the phone who was in hospital, and that he had found it.

“He said he could meet straight away to return it.”

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Marwa had been able to called the phone from hospital, fearing it had gone forever, and had also spoken to the man, named Craig Pearson, who assured her it was safe.

When Tamer asked Craig where he lived, Craig responded that he was homeless and currently staying at a guest house on Mayfield Road.

Tamer continued: “He wasn’t expecting anything when I met him.

“Obviously I gave him some money to say thank you, but you don’t come across guys like this every day.

“He very easily could have sold it and got a couple of hundred.

“Even people who have their own home, their own job, people with money, would have made some cash out of it.”

Tamer and his wife, who stay in Liberton, wanted to share this story across social media to express their thanks to Craig, and took the picture to tell people about what an ‘honest and decent’ guy he is.

Tamer concluded: "Maybe through the magic of social media we can do something to help him.

“It would be great if we could find him a job or something.

“I really admire him."

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