What you feel compelled to do if you found a wallet stuffed full of cash, you’d certainly question your motives as you wonder whats the right or best thing to do.
One young senior, Tommy O’Connor, from Irvington High School, found himself in that exact scenario after spotting a wallet lying on the ground when he left 7-Eleven in Fremont, California.
Inside the wallet he discovered a wad of $100 bills, however it would later transpire there was $2,300 in cash hence why Tommy felt in such a predicament.
This is a scenario many of want to hold onto our integrity, however things prove different when you are in the situation. That little voice in your head often tempts you to make alternate choices..
Tommy decided he would find the wallet’s rightful owner but he couldn’t find a name or address to return the misplaced item.
Instead, he brought the wallet to Andre Gomez, his para -educator at the high school. “He was so concerned about finding the wallet’s owner,” Andre recalled. “No other option even occurred to him. He immediately knew what he had to do.”
Tommy and Andre found a Veteran’s Identification Card inside the wallet, where they found a name. The pair proceeded to make contact with the veteran in order to return what was rightfully his.
The vet revealed that the money was for his rent, which was invaluable to him. For his kind gesture the veteran rewarded Tommy with $50 cash.
Apparently Tommy had valid reason to accept the money and keep it for himself after finding the wallet. Prior to finding the wallet, Tommy didn’t even have enough money to buy his own lunch as family live from paycheck to paycheck each week.
Tommy’s father said: “With us living month-to-month, it is a big chunk of money and I’m so proud of him that he did that.”
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And so he should be proud. Tommy’s actions give credence to the idea that the world can still be a good and just place, where people help one another not because they have to, but because it’s the right thing to do.
Not only that, but upon hearing what her son had done, Tommy’s mother sent him a loving text to say how “very proud” she was of her son. In true Tommy style, though, it was his response that speaks highest about his character. “Ms. Kalra called me. Wow your one in a million. Love you to the moon and back,” the mom’s text read.
He replied merely: “You should be thanking yourself. You raised me.”
Tommy could so easily have taken the money to alleviate his or his family’s own troubles, and most probably no one would have been any the wiser. The fact that he didn’t, though, can be used a source of inspiration for people all over the world. In the end, his story is worth so much more than $2,300, because it’s spreading a message of goodwill and strength of character … and such things are priceless.
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