Monday 26 June 2017

JK Rowling pleads with Irish public to help Dublin taxi passenger with 'nightmare' situation

Sasha Brady

JK Rowling has pleaded with Irish people to help a Dublin man with an unfortunate situation.

An NUI Maynooth student has pushed an urgent appeal to help him retrieve his laptop after it was discovered he mislaid it in a taxi.

He pleaded with friends on Facebook to help him get in touch with the taxi driver through a Facebook post on Wednesday night.

The message got a lot of traction and eventually caught the attention of Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

She re-tweeted his post on Thursday morning, describing it as "one of her worst nightmares" and asked people to help him out.

Jamal Sul, who is doing a PhD in therapies for multiple sclerosis, said his PhD notes were also left in the taxi.

It happened after the student had been celebrating his thesis corrections with friends in the city centre.

"I had an unfortunate event on Friday where I went out and celebrated my thesis corrections. I met up with two friends and got a taxi outside Iskanders between 3am-3.30am on the 6th May, which was Friday night into Saturday morning. I got into the taxi and headed towards Cherry Orchard but I fell asleep in the back, completely disorientated, and I hopped out and left my bag," he wrote on Facebook.

"My bag contains my laptop (Macbook Pro) and notes for my PhD. The laptop contains all my PhD files and is very precious to me. If anyone that knows me can share this in the hopes it might spread the word to find the taxi driver, it's all I can ask for. I have reported it to the Gardai but no luck.

"The taxi driver was really sound on the journey (or so I'm told, since I was asleep in the back), he was an older Irish man with yellowish grey hair driving a dark navy car. Please share to help a man and his PhD out."

Jamal acknowledged that it was a silly mistake but said he is overwhelmed at the level of support he's received from friends, strangers and famous authors.

"To be honest, I just wanted a few heads to be aware of it and taxi drivers to spread the word and then a day later it's been shared on Twitter... I don't even have Twitter," he told Independent.ie.

"So obviously having a famous writer share my post was mental and it made me think how supportive people can be in an instant using social media.

"It's a f**king nightmare but I'm really surprised by the whole thing and overwhelmed at the level of support. Hopefully something comes of it."

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