A kindhearted teen in California decided to return a wallet stuffed with $1,500 in cash after finding it in somebody’s driveway.
As Inside Edition reports, Sacramento homeowner Melissa Vang took to Facebook to publicly thank the teenage boy who found her wallet in her driveway and decided to return it.
Vang was stunned when the teen, 18-year-old Tyler Opdyke, rang her doorbell and handed her the wallet, which was full of cash.
“I think we all need to be reminded that there are still good people out there. His act of kindness cannot go unrecognized,” she posted on Facebook.
The security camera that Vang and her husband had in front of their house showed Opdyke holding the lost wallet up to show the homeowners why he was there in the first place.
Because Vang never opens the door to strangers, it took a few moments before she realized why Opdyke was at her house.
Vang was touched that Opdyke had gone above and beyond to do the right thing.
“It’s sad that I didn’t trust him to open my door when he was just doing a good dead,” she wrote. “Sadly, this is the world we live in today. We hear so [much] terrible news and hardly any good.”
“I think we all need to be reminded that there are still good people out there,” Vang said.
By the time Vang finally did open the door, Opdyke was gone, but he returned later just to make sure that the missing wallet had make its way back to its rightful owner.
For Opdyke, a college student, the temptation to just take the cash was strong, but he knew he would do the right thing in the end.
“Awesome, cash!” he told The Sacramento Bee of the moment he realized he had found a wallet full of cash.
Almost immediately after the adrenaline rush, Opdyke quickly got to work on tracking down the wallet’s owner.
“It was not a hard decision because this could be somebody’s rent money and wasn’t mine to keep,” he said.
In the midst of all the excitement, Vang forgot to give Opdyke a reward to say thank you.
Luckily, the teen had been in the neighborhood posting fliers for his uncle’s pest control business, so Vang called the number on the paper and got in touch with Opdyke right away.
“God bless this young man’s heart,” she wrote in her post on Facebook.