I love Eatonton Georgia... one more reason why

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

It's been a very busy week.  Inspection to schedule, just "one more thing" requests from a buyers agent all week which leads me to today's story.  I have a listing in a subdivision that has covenants that were recorded prior to when my county began to put deed records on the on line system.  So this morning I stopped by the office and picked up my copy of the deed and headed to the court house to photocopy those pages. 

I never take much into the court house because of the metal detectors.  So I headed in with my keys, my deed and my turned on silent phone.  I got into the records room and pulled the first deed book and headed over to the copier and oops my pocket was empty.  I had put a ten and two ones from my desk drawer into my pocket (which is quite shallow in the slacks I'm wearing today) to pay for my copies.  So I told the clerk that I was headed back out to the car to get my wallet.  As I walked down the steps I was meeting other people entering the court house.  We smiled and said hello and they noticed I was checking my pockets "one more time" and said... "that must be your ten dollars on the side walk back there huh?  We were just gonna tell the bailiff it was there."  I'm NOT kidding.  They walked right by $11.00 of my twelve dollars and it was still there when I got to the curb.  I went ahead and grabbed my wallet  from the passenger door of my car from the curb and headed back inside.

I made my copies and paid for them and headed out to the car to go and buy lunch for me the the duty agent today.  When I arrived at my car the other "missing" dollar was on the ground at the street right beside my door.  I did learn a lesson (do not put things of value in the pocket of these slacks).  But more importantly I remembered one more reason I love this sleepy quaint little town I live in. 

Now I have to run.  I have a meeting in 45 minutes and have to drive back to town.  I'm going to carry my purse this time. 

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Comments (17)

Chris Lewis
Gracious Living Realty - Front Royal, VA
I want to SELL your home, not LIST it!

I dropped my cell phone yesterday as I got out of the care carrying too many articles.  It was still there 6 hours later when i went home - not too many places where that would happen!

Jan 26, 2012 08:57 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Chris- agreed.  Now I have to go see where you are.

Jan 26, 2012 09:07 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I left a computer in a bag overnight in a driveway one time and got it and saved a guy's watch falling off his wrist on a sidewalk. LOTS of honest people out there Tammy and I am glad your town is so nice.

Jan 26, 2012 09:25 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I must say, I love these stories Tammy.  I want to share one about New York.   I was there some years ago and when taking the subway to the airport I had my hands full.  You know how it is when you are used to carrying your purse, and then when you have something else in your hand . . . well, I left my purse on the subway because I had something else (my carry on) in my purse-hand.  My purse had my tickets!  My ID, my money, my everything!  And when I got to the airport I realized my mistake. It was New York, afterall.  I knew I was SCREWED.  The airport security called the subway, called the operator and guess what?  Someone found my purse, and turned it in!  In New York, busy, busy place.  Honest people are the best and they can be found in small towns and bustling cities!  I LOVE HONEST PEOPLE!! 

Jan 26, 2012 10:18 AM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Tammy, now that the world knows that you keep your wallet in the car door, you need to start hiding it in a different place.

Jan 26, 2012 11:01 AM
Vickie Slade
Colorado Landmark, Realtors - Boulder, CO
Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On

Tammy, it is always nice to hear there are still honest people in the world.  I like to think the  best about people until they prove me otherwise.  There are still so many honest and caring people and it is such a pleasure when our paths cross.

Jan 26, 2012 12:45 PM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Wow, that is pretty awesome Tammy.  In my area, 11 bucks on the ground goes to the person who finds it.  They would not leave it there.  Pretty fortunate for you that it was still there :)!

Jan 26, 2012 01:52 PM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Tammy, what an uplifting and encouraging story about honesty and your concern for your seller AND the buyer to have a smooth closing.  Small towns are hard to beat!!!!

Jan 26, 2012 02:41 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Gary- my daughter did that a few times in college with her back pack.

Carla- me too

Eric- I meant that I opened the passenger door to get it from my purse.  But I had left my purse in my car.  It's there now too.

Vickie- I look for the good in people too. 

Brenda- I'm sure not everyone in my town would have walked by it, but I'm glad I didn't throw it away.

Sharon and Bruce- I've always lived here, but I've visited cities and well... they are great for visits, but I LOVE where I live.

Jan 26, 2012 03:16 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Tammy, you make me want to move to Eatonton Georgia! Unfortunately, I don't think that would happen here. Sharon

Jan 28, 2012 02:55 AM
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

I'm with Carla (#4), Tammy, we often think it's a characteristic of a lovely smaller town, but really it's just due to honest folk!  Thanks for sharing your experience!

Jan 28, 2012 05:46 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sharon- you never know

Karen- well... it is just ONE of the reasons I love Eatonton. :) 

Jan 28, 2012 08:17 AM
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Drew gets a little too comfy in the coziness of our small towns. He likes to leave doors unlocked which is a negative in my book. Makes me nervous. There is, howver, definitely something to be said for the polite feeling you get in small, southern towns!

Jan 28, 2012 09:13 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I do lock the doors when I'm sleeping.  That's about it.  And somes we wake up and find we forgot to do that too.

Jan 28, 2012 11:07 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Hi Tammy, I know the media would like us to think there is danger and dishonesty around every corner but I still think there are more good people than not.  I'm with you though...there is something about a small town.

Jan 28, 2012 02:05 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Mona- based on my husband's job security there is a lot of violent crime.  Mind you I know it's not just in cities.  My favorite small town thing is that they know me at the bank, the supermarket, and even the local pizza hut.  Last Sunday Donald and I went to eat lunch with my parents and the waitress looked at us as said Three cherry Pepsi and a water with lemon?   I think that's totally cool.


Jan 28, 2012 02:21 PM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Your story, along with Carla's and Gary's, makes me so happy.  I once left my purse in a shopping cart at Cub in the parking lot and didn't realize it until I got home....40 minutes later.  Guess what?  Someone turned it in and everything was still there.  Gotta love the honest people!

Jan 31, 2012 08:24 AM