Friday, August 3, 2012

90-year-old widow recovers $3,100 found in film canister

This is a story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. I could have had it on, because I got the exact same press release from YesVideo. Let me dig through my spam folder and see if I still have it. Why yes, I do! So here it is. If you want a good laugh, compare it with the bylined HT story.

Hi Robin,

I hope this e-mail finds you well. My name is Becca; I work with several companies bettering communication and interaction through technology. Today, I have a very special story about a Florida woman who recently came in contact with one of these companies.

Evelyn Weiner may be 90, but she not only keeps up with technology, she uses it to benefit herself and her family. Besides being active on Facebook, Evelyn also found out about a service she could use to transfer old 8mm film reel to DVD.

Evelyn dropped a reel off at her local Walmart to have it digitized and converted to DVD for her children, niece and nephew to enjoy.

Walmart uses YesVideo for all of their video and photo digitization. Off the film reel went to YesVideo's headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, where a YesVideo employee, simply doing her job, opened the reel to find $3000 in one-hundred dollar bills lying under the reel.

YesVideo immediately contacted Evelyn and returned her newfound jackpot, and they also provided her with her digitized film reel - holding such memories as a day at the beach, one of her children's first baths, and a summertime BBQ. Evelyn was thrilled with the honesty of the company, and with seeing some of her favorite memories come alive again.

You can watch a 30-second excerpt from Evelyn's film here:

You'll see Evelyn modeling a beautiful frock, and spending time with her beloved Bill, who saved all of the money found in the reel, because, as Evelyn says herself, "he knew I could never save money!"
(note: you will need to create a login or use your Facebook account to access the video. If you prefer a generic login to view the vid, please email me back.)

I've also attached a photo of Evelyn today, and if you'd like additional vintage still shots of Evelyn from the very film reel YesVideo digitized for her, please let me know and I can provide.

The full story on Evelyn Weiner's $3000 film reel is below. If you'd like to interview Evelyn, please let me know.

Looking forward to hearing from you!



$3000 Found In Old Film Reel, Returned To 90-Year-Old Florida Woman by Video Transferring Service YesVideo

Evelyn Weiner dropped off an old 8mm film reel at her local Walmart expecting DVDs in return – but got $3000 as well!

ROTUNDA WEST, FL / NORCROSS, GA, – July XX, 2012 –Through the honesty of a YesVideo team member, $3000 has been returned to ninety-year old Evelyn Weiner, who was unaware that the money had been stored in an old 8mm film canister by her late husband. When the Rotunda West, FL resident dropped off the reel of family footage at her local Walmart to have it transferred to DVD, the canisters of movie film were shipped off to YesVideo, the leading video transfer service in the United States.

At YesVideo’s East Coast production facility in Norcross, GA, film splicer Venera Bejtullahu opened a movie film canister to begin processing the 8mm film reel, but unexpectedly found thirty $100 bills laying underneath that film reel. Upon discovering the surprise, Bejtullahu spoke with her supervisor, Suada Kadiric, about getting in touch with Ms. Weiner so the money could be returned to her. YesVideo contacted Ms. Weiner, and after some disbelief on her part, the good fortune started to settle in and she remarked “People don’t believe good things happen anymore,” Weiner said. “But there are still honest people out there, and this whole experience was really beyond my wildest dreams.”

Ms. Weiner, who turns 91 this August, was born in Connecticut, and moved to Miami in 1970 with her husband Mickey, and children, Cheryl, Susan, and Billy. Ms. Weiner wanted to give her children, niece and nephew something special by digitizing an old 8mm film reel they discovered in her Rotunda West home. While ruminating on why her husband may have stashed the cash in the canister, Weiner could only imagine it was his savings for a trip they had always wanted to take. “I know it was my husband who hid the money, probably for the trip to Israel that we always talked about,” Weiner said. “He liked hundred-dollar bills, and he knew I could never save money!”

The nonagenarian has displayed strength through losing her husband, as well as her daughter Cheryl, a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Besides going out to dinner with her family and playing Mahjong with friends, Weiner also embraces technology – she has a Facebook account, and it was her idea to go to Walmart to digitize her old home movies.

Ms. Weiner was delighted not only by the $3000 discovery, but also by watching the old film reel, which she hadn’t seen in many years. Thanks to YesVideo, she was able to relive memories from a family barbecue, one of her daughter’s first baths, and even some clips of herself with her parents at the beach.

YesVideo, the service used by Walmart and other major retailers throughout the country, is rooted in the belief that everyone’s memories are invaluable and should be preserved. YesVideo digitizes photos and videos from outdated media onto DVDs, and also offers cloud-based storage, perfect for instant and continuous sharing with friends and family. Precise and delicate care is taken when handling every customer’s irreplaceable media, and the action taken by Bejtullahu is exemplary of the high standard of excellence the company has in place.

To learn more about YesVideo, please visit

About YesVideo

YesVideo is the global leader in video transferring and sharing. The company’s patented technology allows them to efficiently transfer personal videos at scale. Customers may then view, edit and share their videos in the cloud.YesVideo has unlocked billions of classic family video moments and life events for 7 million customers already.

Consumers may drop off their personal film, prints and slides and photo albums at one of YesVideo’s 34,000 retail locations, or online at All material received by YesVideo go through either the East Coast production facility, located in Norcross, GA or the West Coast production facility, located in Santa Clara, CA.-----------------------------------------------------------------------
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I did just that. I cover B2B technology, not fluff. Sheesh!

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