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Hindu devotees, assisted by Pundit Ashook Maharaj, offer flowers to the Volcano (Balka), during the Hindu Festivals Society annual Durga Devi Puja at the Balka Shrine and Mandir in Bonasse
Village, Cedros, yesterday.
PICTURE EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Don’t let people’s money,
luxurious items burn your eyes
An act of honesty has earned a
young lady high praise and has
gone viral as more people learn
“Don’t let anyone’s money and
luxurious items burn your eyes.
Work hard for what you want in
That was the advice which Isha
recalled from her mother while
The advice paid off on Saturday
for Isha, 17, an employee of McDon-
ald’s Cipriani Boulevard branch,
when she stumbled upon a wallet
belonging to former T&T national
footballer Ricarda Nelson in the
restaurant’s washroom which held
with a significant amount of US cur-
rency, TT dollars and bank cards.
The teenager handed her man-
ager the wallet and when Nelson,
51, showed up at the restaurant
hours later to find out if it was
there, surprisingly it was handed
over to her with everything intact.
“I didn’t open the wallet. I just
wanted the owner to collect it be-
cause I know when I lost something
that is valuable to me, it pains,” Isha
said in an interview at the family’s
home in Diego Martin yesterday.
Nelson refused to disclose to the
T&T Guardian the amount of money
the wallet contained, stating it was
quite a lot of US and T&T currency,
including a number of credit cards
and her national ID.
Isha’s honesty led to Nelson post-
ing on her Facebook page on Sat-
urday about the young lady’s good
deed, stating that there are still
young people in T&T that “we can
trust and she should serve as a posi-
tive role model to others in society.”
Up to late yesterday, Nelson’s
post attracted 15,000 likes, 9,000
shares and 2,900 positive and con-
Many people praised and com-
mended Isha for a “job well done”
and even recommended that she be
given McDonald’s employee of the
year award for her honesty.
“I am sending a warning to Mc-
Donald’s that I will be competing
with them for Isha to join my com-
pany which is expected to get off
the ground soon. That is no idle
boast,” Nelson said yesterday.
“Isha is like a rare gem. You
hardly find people like her,” Nelson
Nelson said she also has a sur-
prise in store for Isha, who has far
to go in life for her principles and
Yesterday, Isha credited her 51-
year-old mother, Debra Clarke, a
single parent of four, for inculcating
in her the right values and teach-
ings as a child.
“Everyday my mother would
pound into my head not to let
other people’s money and luxu-
rious items burn my eyes and to
work hard for what I want in life.
If I didn’t grow up listening to her
motherly advice, chances are, I
might have been tempted to steal
the money in the wallet,” Isha said.
Debra admitted that her daugh-
ter has a big heart, even though
she grew up without a father’s love,
care and attention.
“Her father plays no role in her
life. As a mother, I try my best even
though things are tough. I have
not been paid my salary by CEPEP
and my $1,800 monthly rent is way
overdue. Isha could have easily
swiped the money from the wallet
to assist in the payment of the rent,
but it would have been against her
conscience to do that because I al-
ways showed her right from wrong.
As difficult as things might be, she
knows better. I for one would not
encourage any dishonesty and
stealing in this house,” Debra inter-
Debra said many parents en-
courage and support their children
to steal and rob, which has been
breaking down society.
Two months ago, Clarke left
her sales clerk job and joined Mc-
Donald’s as a cashier, stating she
wanted to try something new.
Having graduated last year with
three O’level passes at her Mu-
curapo West Secondary School,
Clarke enrolled in the Polytechnic
Institute in St James where she
began pursuing O’ Level Mathemat-
ics and Social Studies.
In her quest to further her daugh-
ter’s education, Debra admitted
that she took half of her $2,600
monthly salary to get her daughter
enrolled at the institute.
The salary Isha’s earns, Debra
said, is barely enough to travel to
and from work.
“After I put out that money for
her classes we barely had anything
to eat in the house, but we pulled
through,” Debra said.
Debra’s two elder children live
on their own, while Isha’s older
brother is pursuing a course.
Four days a week, Isha juggles
school and work, which she de-
scribed as hectic and time consum-
She admitted to having trouble
coping with Maths.
Next month Isha will be writing
Thereafter, she wants to pursue
O’ Level human and social biology,
as she has her heart set on becom-
ing a nurse but is unable to buy her
books and pay for her tuition.
“Being a nurse is my long life
dream ...I always wanted to become
a health care provider. This passion
came after attending to my mother
who suffers with a slip disc in her
back. I don’t like seeing people in
Teen girl on finding ex-national footballer’s purse:
Isha Clarke, at home yesterday.
PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ
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