Most of the stories that make national headlines have an element of tragedy or catastrophe at their core. Yet there’s still goodness in the world. As simple as this story is, it is worth sharing. It is the story of a teenage boy who found a wallet. Holding $1,500 in his hand, he did the right thing and went to find the owner.
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Tyler Opdyke was working for the family business in Elk Grove, California, handing out flyers promoting his uncle’s pest control business. Outside one of the houses he visited, he found a wallet containing $1,500 in cash along with several credit cards.
“I just really thought about what I would want someone to do if I were to drop my wallet,” Opdyke told KOVR. “And then I thought about the house. I thought about the family who lived there.”
The wallet was outside of the home of Melissa Vang. Her husband had dropped the wallet on his way to the car.
Opdyke didn’t wrestle with the decision. He rang the doorbell, and then held the wallet up to a security camera. No one answered. He could have bolted then, but he didn’t. Opdyke hid the wallet under the doormat and left.
Vang was home, but she wasn’t going to answer the door for a stranger. “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,” she said.
Later, hoping the wallet had been found, Opdyke came back. “I went back to go see if the money was still there because if it was, I was going to keep knocking. And that’s when Melissa and her two girls came out, and we hugged,” Opdyke said.
She later posted this on Facebook: “God bless this young man’s heart. My husband dropped his wallet (with hundreds of dollars and all his credit cards) in our drive way and this gentleman picked it up and left it at our doorstep after waiting for a few minutes, because I wouldn’t open the door (for strangers). I later found him. Thanked and rewarded him for his kind gesture. 🙏 It’s sad that I didn’t trust him to open my door when he was just doing a good deed. Sadly, this is the world we live in today. We hear so much terrible news and barely any good. I think we all need to be reminded that there are still good people out there. His act of kindness cannot go unrecognized. 🙌🏼 Thank you Tyler.”
The story certainly has a happy ending. There’s no way to know what might have happened had someone else found the wallet, but one young man’s sense of duty certainly needs to be celebrated.