Hotel Employee Goes Above And Beyond To Return Child's Lost Stuffed Animal
Prepare to sob.
Here's a story with the three ingredients guaranteed to tug at anybody's heartstrings: cute kids, stuffed animals, and loss prevention supervisors.
Seven-year-old Reagan Porter of Eden Prairie, Minnesota was staying with her parents at Texas's La Torretta Lake Resort, but when she returned home she discovered two very important things missing: her blanket, and stuffed animal ("lambie," Daily Mail reports). If you remember what it's like to be a kid, then you know that this kind of thing is a disaster comparable to the destruction of Pompeii.
Good thing she had Cristina Cooper, the resort's loss prevention lead supervisor, on her side. Cooper, who has a three-year-old son of her own, went above and beyond to return the items to Reagan and her family.
Her father originally called the resort after returning home to find his daughter's things missing, but Cooper failed to find them after an initial search, assuming they ended up with the laundry. It looked as if all was lost until a month or so later, when Cooper found the items in a housekeeping bin. She then called back Reagan's father, who was ecstatic.
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"You could hear it in his voice before I even said anything," she told ABC News. "I could tell he was hoping it would be about her lost stuffed animal."
Cooper also asked her father if she could include a brief note to Reagan, written from lambie's perspective. Readers, prepare to grab the tissues:
"I missed you and I love you and I'm so glad to see you," the note read, which is impressively articulate for a lamb.
The moment of lambie's reunion with its owner was captured on video, and you'd be hard-pressed to find something this unaffectedly sweet. After all, when was the last time you were this happy about something?
"Even still watching it now I get a little teary-eyed" said Cooper. "It's so nice to see that and know I was able to help out that much."
Calling all workers in the service and hospitality industries: this is how it's done.
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