Have you ever lost something that was particularly important?
We all know the feeling. Maybe we just went out for a nice dinner with our family, everything was delicious, we pack up to go home and when we arrive we check our back pockets. Just like that, a wave of panic washes over us. Somehow, we left our wallet at the restaurant! Still, this doesn’t have to be at a restaurant—the world presents us plenty of opportunities to lose our wallets.
When we do lose things, we rarely get them back.
In a relatable story out of Sacramento, California, a woman named Melissa Vang had lost her wallet—or rather, her husband had.
Vang reported that her husband had dropped the wallet on the way back to the car from an errand. Still, while a stolen or misplaced wallet may often mean getting a new driver’s license and canceling credit cards, this situation was far worse. Vang and her husband had $1,500 in the wallet which they were almost certain they would never see it again.
Fortunately, a Good Samaritan turned the entire situation around.
While he was out handing out fliers for his uncle’s business, 18-year-old Tyler Opdyke saw the wallet lying on the ground.
Although that much cash in one place would be tempting for any person, Opdyke knew he had to do the right thing.
“I just really thought about what I would want someone to do if I were to drop my wallet. And then I thought about the house. I thought about the family who lived there.”
Opdyke carefully approached their doorstep and knocked on the door.
Seeing that the house had security cameras, Opdyke made sure to hold the wallet up to view, turning it over and around to reveal that all the money was still in it. Despite his knocking, Vang was hesitant to come to the door:
“I don’t open my door to strangers or anyone really that I don’t know or recognize. So after he walked away, I checked my camera.”
Opdyke left the wallet and began to walk away—just as Vang and her two daughters came out of the house.
Overcome with gratitude, Vang gave Opdyke a big hug for doing the right thing. As it turns out, Tyler was even rewarded for his kindness with $150! Not bad, if you ask us. Stories like these remind us the importance of good deeds, especially in situations where nobody is watching.