Family help return William Shatner’s wallet after he left it at their fruit stand

‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner accidentally left his wallet at a Northern California fruit stand, but the family that owns the farm, local law enforcement and the Beverly Hills Police Department all worked together to make sure he got it back.

The adventure began last Wednesday at B&T Farms in Gilroy, California. Tognetti’s 15-year-old daughter, Sophia Tognetti, was at work at her family’s fruit stand when she realized a customer who had bought two bags of cherries and corn had left without his wallet. The next day, while her father was there, she mentioned that the lost wallet had been found in the corn bin of the fruit stand.

“She had no idea who he was,” Tognetti laughed as he recalled the incident to TODAY Food.

After looking at the driver’s license in the wallet, the family discovered it was the actor’s. (Tognetti family)

According to her father (who is a fourth-generation farmer), it’s not uncommon for customers to accidentally lose or forget their wallets in the trash. Usually, Tognetti does everything he can to ensure that lost items are returned to their owners. He called the credit card companies and emailed the items back. But it wasn’t until Tognetti peeked inside his daughter’s latest find that he realized he was about to embark on a journey to the very big star known for his role as James T. Kirk of the “Star Trek” franchise.

“I was like, ‘You have to be kidding me. This guy didn’t drop his wallet,'” Tognetti said, adding that he asked his daughter and her colleague what they remembered. of their interaction with the actor. “They remembered him because he had a weird request that most people don’t need. He wanted two baskets of white cherries, four red ones, but he wanted them in the coolers because he had come a long way to Beverly Hills. He wanted them cold. He likes his cherries cold. And then he wanted $2 worth of corn.

Inside, Tognetti found a driver’s license, a COVID-19 vaccination card, as well as a credit card, ATM and CVS card, all with Shatner’s name on it.

The father and daughter who found the actor's wallet.  (Courtesy of the Tognetti family)

The father and daughter who found the actor’s wallet. (Courtesy of the Tognetti family)

Determined to return the wallet to its rightful owner, Tognetti contacted his friend Officer Mark Tarasco at the Gilroy Police Department.

“I said, ‘Hey, this guy left his wallet. Anyway, could you reach him?'” Tognetti recalled. “And he texted back. ‘Man, you’re kidding. He There’s no way that guy left his wallet at your food stand.

What happened soon after was a two-hour effort in which Gilroy Police connected with the Beverly Hills Police Department in Los Angeles. A text thread between members of the Gilroy and Beverly Hills Police Department and Tognetti was thrown into a battle to connect with him first.

“The sheriffs would say to the police, ‘Hey, you’re out of your jurisdiction. You can not do this. That’s our call,” laughed Tognetti. “Everyone wanted to find Mr. Shatner and be the ones to return his wallet. It was quite funny.

Eventually, the Beverly Hills police came into contact with Shatner’s agent. The wallet was sent via FedEx along with some keepsakes for the Tognetti actor and the police as well. Along with a few police department patches, Tognetti slipped on a B&T Farms hat. That Thursday and the business was over the next day.

Shortly after, Shatner thanked Tognetti and his daughter for returning his wallet.

“I would like to thank Gary and Natalie from B&T Farms @TfarmsB for their extreme honesty in returning my lost wallet. They are obviously good citizens,” he wrote. “I would also like to thank Officer Mark Tarasco and Sergeant John Ballard of @GilroyPD My best, Bill.

The family farm was quick to respond to the actor’s post by writing, “It was our pleasure Mr. Shatner. I grew up watching Star Trek with my dad. B and T Farms and GILROY Law Enforcement are friendly Federation locals, so expect to hit them with phasers. Long live and prosper Mr. Shatner! Give us a shout the next time you pull over!”

Fans of Shatner and The Incredible Story chimed in to praise the Tognettis for their quick action and honesty.

“If I had found your wallet, I would of course have returned it to you immediately. But at least insisted on rewarding a finder by seeing themselves in person for a while,” one fan commented. “All the best from Germany, Mr. Shatner…”

“Love!! Gary and Natalie are amazing people! People at Gilroy are true patriots! one user replied. “It proves once again that there are (sic) still amazing people like the Tognettis who strive to make a difference and really do! LIVE LONG AND PROSPER.

“I have been in contact with his representative or his agent. They asked what we wanted his wallet back,” Tognetti explained. “And I said all I want is a picture of him wearing my hat. I just want a picture of him wearing my hat. I just thought it would be cool memories for me.

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