Ferguson and his family: robbed
escapes with $1000
Businessman Jay feeds family after robbery
By Dennis Amor
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A KIND-HEARTED businessman
stepped in when a young family was robbed of all its cash at a Hervey Bay
holiday park in Queensland.
The sneak thief made off with a wallet and purse containing $1000 as
Sunshiine Coast holidaymakers Mathew Ferguson, partner Yasmin Blogg and
their two children aged 10 and 18 months slept in their cabin during a
weekend away at the Ingenia holiday park in Torquay.
And when he heard the sad story, Ricardo's Italiano and Seafront Fish and
Chips owner Jay Hodmain stepped in with free meals for the
remainder of the family's holiday.
"We wanted to help as much as possible," he told Caravanning News.
"Being in that situation would be terrible. We didn't want them to go away
from Hervey Bay with negativity from that experience and not come back ...
we wanted to turn it around for them and give them a Hervey Bay positive
Mr Ferguson commented: "For him to give a stranger and his family not only
his time but to have us free of charge at his establishments was extremely
"It made us not let the negative actions of a few change our thoughts
about Hervey Bay, and based purely on his actions
my family will be holidaying in Hervey Bay again."
Mr Ferguson said they were treating their children to a weekend away.
"We woke Saturday morning to the cabin door wide open and my wallet and
partner's purse, which had the sum of $1000 in it, gone,"
"I notified police and the people running the park and was told this was
the second night in a row this had happened at the park.
"I will not stay at that establishment again as I don't feel they dealt
with the issue to a good enough standard, and nor did the local police."