A Good Samaritan in Michigan did the right thing in a situation that might have caused another person a lot of stress.
“What would you do if you found a wallet with over $2,500 cash inside?” the Wyandotte Police Department asked followers in a social media post on Tuesday.
“One of our citizens, who wished to remain anonymous, just dropped it off to us to return to the rightful owner,” officials explained:
According to the News-Herald, the wallet in question contained the person’s identification and police emphasized the fact that not everyone would have tried to find the owner.
The wallet was intact and held several forms of identification along with the cash, Deputy Police Chief Archie Hamilton told the newspaper.
When the individual found the wallet on Fort Street, he handed it over to Lt. Neil Hunter, who tracked down the owner.
It was believed the person who misplaced it absent-mindedly drove away after setting it on top of his vehicle.
“Empathy is when someone can emotionally put themselves in someone else’s shoes,” Hamilton commented:
It is clear that the Samaritan who found the wallet did exactly that; he was able to understand the emotions that the rightful owner felt. Honesty, integrity and trustworthy are all terms that can be used to describe this particular Samaritan, but more than anything, it was his ability to be empathetic that ultimately compelled him to do the right thing.
Hunter later prepared a gift bag for the citizen as a thank-you which contained police items and a gift card.
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