California fruit stand workers return lost wallet to William Shatner

He can’t live long and prosper without his wallet.

“Star Trek” legend William Shatner left his wallet in the corn bin of a California fruit stand — but the vendor decided to boldy go and return the item to authorities.

Shatner — famous for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the science-fiction television series — visited a B&T Farms stand to pick up cherries and corn last week, according to the Washington Post

The owner’s daughter Natalie later discovered the brown and bumpy wallet in the bin. Not realizing it belonged to a celebrity, Natalie gave the wallet to her father the next day.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” the dad, Gary Tognetti, said when he saw Shatner’s name on the driver’s license.

The brown and bumpy wallet was discovered in a bin, but the daughter didn’t give it to her father until the next day.
Gary Tognetti via ABC7

Tognetti texted a friend, Mark Tarasco, who is also a police officer with the Gilroy Police Department.

“I told him, ‘Hey, we found this wallet,’ and he wasn’t quite sure if I was telling a little joke,” Tognetti, a fourth-generation farmer, told ABC 7 in California.

Shatner is best known for his role on Star Trek.
Shatner is best known for his role on “Star Trek.”
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Tarasco then touched base with other members of his department including Sergeant John Ballard with one question.

“And I asked him, ‘Hey, how do I get a hold of a celebrity?’” he told the television station.

Gilroy police contacted Beverly Hills police in hopes of connecting with Shatner and two hours later authorities were in touch with Shatner’s agent.

“They actually FedExed it that Thursday, and he had it by Friday,” Tognetti told the Washington Post.

Shatner thanked the team that returned his wallet on Tuesday.

“I would like to thank Gary and Natalie of B&T Farms for their extreme honesty in returning my lost wallet,” he wrote. “They are obviously good citizens. I would also like to thank Officer Mark Tarasco and Sergeant John Ballard from [Gilroy police]. My goodness, Bill.”

Tognetti now wants to put a sign up to alert passersby that Captain Kirk shops at his fruit stand.

“I thought about putting a sign up: ‘William Shatner was here,’” a proud Tognetti told ABC 7.

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