so anyway, i did call and after the lady i spoke to did a quick check with someone else i heard her say "sweet as". yes, my wallet was with them! yahoo! my wallet is just a rectangular coin purse that has a zipper on top. i don't carry cash with me anymore, ever since i moved to NZ. the only item that could be of quick use was my 10-pass bus ticket that i didn't expect to be returned to me. true enough the bus ticket wasn't in my wallet. everything else, including 3 credit cards, 2 EFTPOS cards, membership cards, and other extra things, were returned safely. my wallet was not with me for almost 20 hours without me knowing it!
when i picked up my wallet, they didn't even ask for identification before handing it back to me. people here in NZ can be trusting to a surprising degree sometimes. :)
no transaction fees
doing cashless transaction is efficient here in NZ i think because most payments here get rounded off to the nearest whole number. if you buy a $3.97 item, you'd end up paying $4 if you do so in cash. imagine how much those overpaid pennies coming out of one's pocket amount to! que horror! so anyway, i use a zero transaction fee checking account which makes it all the more great.