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Teen returns wallet with $1,500 cash, gives us hope for humanity

He had two opportunities to keep it.


Ana Valens


Posted on Sep 19, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:57 pm CDT

Californian Tyler Opdyke was handing out fliers for his pest control job when he stumbled across a wallet packed with $1,500 in cash. But instead of taking the opportunity to keep the money for himself (twice!), the 18-year-old returned the wallet with the help of a home surveillance camera.

Opdyke found the wallet in the middle of a driveway in Elk Grove and knocked on the home’s front door to return it. Frightened by the stranger, however, homeowner Melissa Vang decided not to answer. It was only after she looked at the surveillance camera’s footage that she realized Opdyke’s intent: The teen held up the wallet for the camera and placed it on the doormat.

“I was knocking on the door for a minute or two,” Opdyke said to ABC 10. “I’m like how can I find some way to let them know that I have this [wallet]. I was like ‘perfect, here’s a camera right there.'”

Vang turned to Facebook with the camera footage, praising Opdyke for his kindness in returning her husband’s wallet. She ended up giving the teen a reward for his generosity, encouraging others to share their story.

“God bless this young man’s heart,” Vang said. “We hear so many terrible news and barely any good. I think we all need to be reminded that there are still good people out there. His act of kindness cannot go unrecognized.”

H/T ABC 10

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*First Published: Sep 19, 2017, 12:22 pm CDT