Face of the Day


Betty Codlin, 92, was left shaken after a teenager approached her and stole her wallet, as she walked home from Countdown last Friday.

“He just asked if I had any money and that he wanted $2 towards petrol. Of course I knew I had $2 in my purse. Like a fool, I opened it up in front of him. There was $100 in there and he could see the note sticking out and he just grabbed it,” Mrs Codlin said.

It was not until it was too late that she realised he had also run off with her wallet.

“I lost all my cards, which I really need. Especially my gold card and taxi card, as I use it to get half price taxi rides to town and to the doctor.”

The $100 she had in her wallet was saved for the mower man and gardener so one Hastings resident offered to do her gardening and mowing for free.

Mrs Codlin said she was overwhelmed by the support she had received and could not thank everyone enough.

Mrs Codlin was holding a positive mind and even managed to maintain a sense of humour.

“I just wish I was quick enough to tap him around the ankles so I could have put my walker on him and sat on it until the police arrived.”

Police have still not located her wallet or the offender.

Mrs Codlin described the male as a well-spoken teenage boy who was dressed in a “bluey, white jacket with a hood attached to it”.

“I just want to make the public aware that there are people out there doing things like this. I have two elderly neighbours who also walk to and from town and they would not be able to fight these “scumbags” off either.”

Mrs Codlin might be 92, but she’s got the right attitude. ?Scumbags indeed.


– Hawkes Bay Today