When Gaynol Waugh noticed a wallet full of money left behind on a seat of a Boston bus, the transit worker knew the right thing to do.
“Whether it be one dollar or a million, it’s not mine and it’s not the right thing to do,” Waugh told the Boston Globe about his decision not to hold onto to the wad of cash. “I’ve always felt that way.”
The honest T repairer discovered the lost wallet containing $912 on a bus during a Monday training class in Charlestown, the Globe reports. Waugh handed it over to his instructor who then pursued a number of channels in order to find the wallet's rightful owner.
The owner was lucky someone as kindhearted as Waugh found the wallet and that it was quickly returned. Others have waited much longer to get back their lost property, even though do-gooders like Waugh aren't so rare.
When Gean Brown Jr. misplaced his wallet while installing pipes in a Kansas home in the '70s, he thought he had lost his precious possession forever. It held a number of sentimental items, including Brown’s original draft card, a picture of girlfriend (who became his wife) and photos from his time serving in the Navy, KCTV 5 reports.
But in February, 35 years later, Brown got an unlikely call from Shawn Wyckoff, who currently lives in the house where Brown had worked, according to the news outlet. Wyckoff had found the lost wallet and wanted to return it.
"I never thought I'd see that wallet again unless the house got wiped down by a tornado,” Brown told KCTV 5. “That was a total shock. He could have just pitched in the trash and he didn't. He's a decent human being.”
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