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Rent money stolen from local server

A local server is scrambling to make rent this month after more than $600 was stolen while she worked last weekend. Christina Lee Terry says this man was caught on video going through her purse and leaving with her wallet Sunday, June 3.
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July 06, 2016 - 11:46 AM

KELOWNA – A local server has taken to social media to shame the man she says stole her wallet and hundreds of dollars in rent money while she worked over the weekend.

Christina Lee Terry has been a server at Wings for the last year. Over the three day long weekend, she worked more than 35 hours, but that doesn’t mean she made any money. At around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, she was working her second shift of the day when a man walked into the downtown restaurant.

“I worked all day, went home at 5 and got called back at 7,” she says. “I threw my purse down by the bar at the staff table and jumped back into work. Buddy was circling, sat down and put his hoodie over my purse, reached inside, took my wallet and walked right out.”

Inside the purse was more than $600.

“That was my rent and my Visa money,” she says. “I worked so hard for that.”

Also in the wallet was her son’s birth certificate, Terry’s drivers licence and identification and several gift certificates.

“The ID and the birth certificate take forever to replace,” she says. “Aside from a couple bikes I’ve never had something like this happen before.”

The whole incident was captured on surveillance camera, and Terry, a single mother, has posted her story along with a photo of the man on Facebook. It has been shared more than 85 times and one of her co-workers even set up a GoFundMe account to help her make rent.

“I’m shocked,” she says. “It’s nice that people got behind this. I’ve had a couple people say they recognize him, which is good because we had so many tourists in town over the weekend.”

Terry says police are investigating, but that doesn’t help with her rent problem.

“There’s the money but watching him dig through my purse was sickening,” she says. “I know even if they catch the guy the money will be gone but they can still charge him. It would be some sort of validation.”

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