Tabitha Swatosh, 21, purse held hostage in Hawaii

A woman has been sent on a wild geese hunt after her wallet was taken and held hostage by a man in Hawaii while she was on vacation.

The wallet, which contained Tabitha Swatosh’s credit card, ID and passport, was found on the ground by a local, who tormented the 21-year-old via text message.

In a viral TikTok that reached more than 16 million users, Swatosh begged the thief to return his wallet after sending him a picture of the bag and said, “Oh I didn’t say I gave back.”

When Tabitha Swatosh lost her wallet while on vacation in Hawaii, it was found by a man who tormented her via text message.
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“If you’re the guy who found my wallet with my credit card, ID and passport on the ground in Hawaii, can you please text me back,” she said. said in tears.

“I don’t know if you’re a hero or a villain because you found my wallet but you won’t return it.”

The social media influencer also tried to negotiate with her tormentor, who said he saw her at the beach and wanted to date her.

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The man said he would only return Tabitha Swatosh’s wallet if she was dating him.
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Her text message read, “You’re the black-headed girl with the yellow bathing suit, huh? You’re cute, go on a date with me.

“You told me that you would give me back my credit card, my wallet, my ID and my passport if I go on a date with you, I will go on a date with you”, Swatosh said.

The man then held the wallet hostage for five days while Tabitha continued to search the island where she was staying.

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Tabitha Swatosh agreed to a date at McDonald’s, but then got up.
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“It’s been since Wednesday, it’s Sunday,” she said.

At one point the man agreed to meet the TikToker at a nearby McDonalds where he said he would hand over the wallet, however, he did not introduce himself, did not respond to the woman’s messages and blocked his phone number a few hours later.

“Remember you said we could meet at McDonalds and I said what time and you said 7 p.m. and I went there at 7 p.m. and you weren’t there,” Swatosh said. , after waiting at McDonalds for more than 25 minutes for the man.

Just when hope seemed lost for the young traveler, who had “experienced an emotional roller coaster”, she received a call from the hotel reception on the last morning of her trip.

“Reception just called me and said someone brought me a wallet at reception,” she said.

After being taken to the security office, Swatosh was given her wallet by a staff member who said, “Yes, a young man gave us this wallet, he will come back later.”

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Tabitha Swatosh says her wallet was dropped off at her hotel after five days.
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The man left a note with the wallet telling Tabitha Swatosh it was fun “having fun” with her.
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“I’m literally going to throw up, are you kidding me, oh my god,” she said while revealing that all of her stuff was still safe in the wallet.

“For those who don’t know, I’ve been in Hawaii for a week and a man found my wallet…and he laughed at me and wouldn’t give it back.

“It was an emotional journey.”

Along with the wallet was a note from the man which read: ‘I hope you had a good trip, kid, I enjoyed playing with you, always a good time playing with the tourists. You still have a local friend here in Hawaii, Mahalo.

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