Every now and then someone displays those traits that set human beings apart from all other life forms on the planet. Kindness, honesty and a sense of duty were all on display when a group of people in southern California worked to return a wallet laden with more than $10,000 to its owner.
A restaurateur who recently relocated from south Florida to Orange County, California left the wallet on a bench where a passerby later found it. The restaurateur had withdrawn the money from his account to pay a contractor working on the restaurant the man is opening on Pacific Coast Highway. After taking a walk near the Main Beach at Laguna Beach, the man decided to rest for a while on a nearby bench around 1:15 on Saturday. When he left, he simply forgot the wallet.
Seeing no one in the vicinity, the passerby turned the wallet in to the lifeguards. When they opened the wallet and saw the large sum of money, the lifeguards called the police.
Police officer, Lt. Jason Kravetz, explained that since the wallet contained the man’s Florida driver’s license, they were able to identify the owner. Police tried finding a phone number for him. Fortunately they found a cell phone number and were able to reach the owner.
Upon learning his wallet had been recovered with the full amount of cash intact, the owner was literally shocked. His explanation for leaving the wallet behind was just that he had been distracted. Thank goodness for those honest and kind people, who complied with their sense of duty rather than with an impulse of selfishness.