Original article from Kent Live
A Berkshire woman has started a social media hunt to find Margate’s ‘The Gnome’ after receiving a handwritten note in her change.
Maggie Schaap-Smith, 43, shared a picture of the £5 note signed by ‘The Gnome’ on a Margate community group and locals have put forward theories about who it might be.
Maggie, of Maidenhead, posted the photo on Facebook in the hope that it would go viral after receiving the cash in a Berkshire shop.
She said: “I always see these things on social media where people take a photo and make it go viral.
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“I thought I’d do it as a boredom breaker and a bit of relief from COVID news.”
Unfortunately, she hasn’t had much luck identifying the note’s original owner.
Maggie said somebody on the Facebook group knew of an older man local to Margate who likes to call himself ‘The Gnome’ but she hasn’t heard anything more since.
Some commenters speculated that it might be a treasure hunt whilst others wondered if it was a stunt to encourage people to visit the town.
Maggie has kept the note in her purse as a keepsake and jokes that ‘The Gnome’ isn’t getting his fiver back.
This isn’t the first time Maggie has received a handwritten five-pound note either.
She found one in her change once before with “Sidney’s fiver” written across it, which just so happens to be the name of her son.
Maggie said: “It makes you wonder if someone’s trying to send secret messages to me.”