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Stranger washes, irons and returns a lost sweater to Melbourne Park

Friendly stranger goes to the trouble of washing and ironing a lost sweater before returning it to a Melbourne park to pick it up, along with a sweet handwritten note

  • A friendly stranger washed, ironed and returned a lost sweater to Melbourne
  • The gray sweater was folded in a package spotted in Princes Park on Monday
  • A handwritten note was included explaining who the gray XL jersey was for
  • Social media commentators praised the gesture as ‘very nice and thoughtful’

A nice stranger has washed, ironed and returned a lost sweater to a Melbourne park as the city prepares to say goodbye to its strict lockdown restrictions.

A woman discovered the heartwarming gesture on a Monday evening stroll through Princes Park, north of Melbourne’s CBD.

The walker shared an image of the gray XL sweater, which was neatly folded and sealed in a plastic case with a handwritten note, on social media.

“I saw this tonight on my walk through Princes Park – what a kind soul,” she wrote.

A kind-hearted stranger washed, ironed and folded a lost gray sweater before returning the item to Princes Park, north of Melbourne's CBD, with a handwritten note (pictured above)

A kind-hearted stranger washed, ironed and folded a lost gray sweater before returning the item to Princes Park, north of Melbourne’s CBD, with a handwritten note (pictured above)

The note explained that the jumper was lost at Princes Park last week (photo above) and was returned on Monday. Social media users praised the 'very kind and thoughtful' gesture

The note explained that the jumper was lost at Princes Park last week (photo above) and was returned on Monday. Social media users praised the 'very kind and thoughtful' gesture

The note explained that the jumper was lost at Princes Park last week (photo above) and was returned on Monday. Social media users praised the ‘very kind and thoughtful’ gesture

The jersey was stapled in its clear plastic wrap to keep it from getting damp from the grass and left in a part of the park where the owner had forgotten it.

Also included was a piece of blue lined paper with a handwritten explanation.

“To the person who lost this summit here last week,” the note read.

“It’s washed and ironed here.”

It was signed by a mysterious ‘J’ and dated October 26, 2020.

Commenters on Facebook were quick to praise the “very kind and thoughtful” gesture.

‘I saw this when I was running tonight! How nice are the people out there, ”one woman wrote.

“What a nice, caring thing to do for a complete stranger without expecting anything in return,” said another.

Other users said the gesture had even more meaning after the Melbourne health crisis.

“Very thoughtful, especially during a COVID pandemic,” wrote one commenter.

Melburnians (pictured above in Princes Park) have endured 111 days of forced isolation, but restrictions will begin to ease from 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday

Melburnians (pictured above in Princes Park) have endured 111 days of forced isolation, but restrictions will begin to ease from 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday

Melburnians (pictured above in Princes Park) have endured 111 days of forced isolation, but restrictions will begin to ease from 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday

“What an inspiring person … your actions help others see how much better our community can be when people show friendly leadership,” added another user.

Melburnians have gone through 111 days of forced isolation after a deadly second wave of the coronavirus since July 8.

The four essential reasons for leaving home will be canceled on Tuesday at 11:59 pm and shops and catering establishments may reopen.

Residents can also gather outside with a maximum of 10 people and there will no longer be a limit on the number of households that can congregate at the same time.

From Wednesday, two adults and dependent children or family members can visit or visit one other household per day.

Residents should keep a log of who visited it in case someone tests positive, and officials should track their contacts.

The restrictions will be further relaxed on November 8, along with the travel limit of 25 km.

Victoria finally free: what are the changes?

From Tuesday 27 October, 11:59 pm

All shops, bars and restaurants open 20 inside and 50 outside

Beauty services and tattoo parlors open

Outdoor contact sport for young people under 18 and contactless sport for adults

Four reasons to leave home

The 25 km travel limit remains in effect

Melbourne to VIC regional border remains

Outdoor gatherings for up to 10 people

Meetings can consist of more than two households

Weddings increase to 10 participants, funerals to 20

Church services open with 10 inside and 20 outside

PT, fitness and dance classes can be held outside with up to 10 people

The number of people at outdoor pools can be as high as 50 depending on the density limits

Must work from home if you can

From November 8

Travel limit of 25 km removed

Travel to regional VIC allowed

Shops, pubs and restaurants allowed 40 people inside, 70 outside

Burials allowed indoors with 20 and outdoors with 50

Contactless sport for U18s allowed indoors

Gyms and indoor fitness can open again

Holiday residence to reopen

Religious gatherings will expand with up to 20 people and a faith leader indoors and 50 outdoors

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