Last night I lost my wallet somewhere on my commute home, unfortunately I didn’t even realize until I woke up this morning. As I was getting ready to leave for the day, I finally noticed my wallet was nowhere to be found. In a panic, I quickly went online to check my CC statements, fully expecting the worst- that they had all already been maxed. Much to my surprise none of my credit cards had been used. My spirits lifted slightly, but I was still unhappy at my stupidity and dreading the hassle of ordering a new license, canceling my CC’s and replacing everything else inside my wallet.
As I picked up my phone to call Visa, dreading what was sure to turn into a bigger hassle than necessary, I noticed I had a missed call and voicemail from an unknown NYC number. As I listened to the voicemail, my bad mood melted away and my faith in the decency of humanity was lifted to new heights.
Someone had not only found my wallet, but they had called Visa in order to track down my phone number to get in contact with me. I quickly called the number back and talked to my new favorite person, John. He informed me that although he lived in Long Island City, he would be returning to the Manhattan area later today. He told me not to worry, that the wallet still had my cash in it, so he assumed nothing had been taken out of it and that I could meet him later to get it back.
I met John 2 hours ago, and not only did he return my wallet with all of its contents still inside, he refused to accept any monetary reward. I told him that if he wouldn’t accept any money hopefully he would allow me to take him out to dinner and drinks. Hopefully he calls me soon to take me up on the offer.
So here is a thank you to John, not only for returning my wallet and saving me a stressful, hassle-filled day, but also for showing me that there are still people in this world who are willing to go out of their way to help others for no reason other than doing the right thing. His one request was that I make sure to pay it forward, and I intend to do just that.
Please share any memories where people amazed you in a positive way in the comments!