“Finders keepers” is a motto that many people live by. They believe that if you’re not responsible enough to take care of your items, then you don’t deserve to have them. Unfortunately, that’s not how things work. Even the most responsible person can have a bad day or a distracted moment. In the end, it’s always better to do the right thing.
Last week, Mark Trocchio, a shuttle bus driver from Cambridge, Massachusetts, got a chance to do the right thing when he found a wallet that had been lost outside of a local Dunkin’ Donuts.
Mark had recently started a new job as a shuttle driver with TransAction Corporate Shuttles. “I just started with the company, so I was trying to keep a low-profile. That didn’t work out too well,” he joked to the reporter.
When Mark approached the restaurant to grab a coffee before his morning shift, he noticed a wallet lying near the front door.
Seeing the wallet so close made Mark wonder if the owner may still be inside. Peering through the cards to look for a name, he saw something surprising.
“A ton of money in there, like a ton of money.”
Inside the wallet, Mark found $8,000 in cash.
When Mark entered the restaurant, he immediately noticed a woman crying at a corner table. She was with her two teenage sons who were trying to comfort her.
“I shouted her name, and she turned” Mark recalled.
“I knew it was her because I had her ID in my hand.”
The woman was ecstatic about Mark returning the wallet.
Turns out she had been traveling from Georgia, and her wallet contained important items like tickets, money, and ID. She hadn’t thought she would see it—never mind the money— ever again.
The woman offered Mark a reward for his good deed, but he humbly declined.
When she spotted his company bus, however, she called his work to tell them what he had done.
“She said, ‘This is why I love Boston,” Cindy Frene, from TransAction Corporate Shuttles, told CBS.
Mark is proud of returning the wallet. He said he’s been in a similar situation before and knows how it feels. “Mine didn’t have $8,000 in it though. Mine had about $8,” he joked.
For Mark, however, the action was more significant.
The former marine struggled with addiction in his past, and said, “There was a time in my life when I would have never tried to give it back, but I’m just glad I’m over that hump.”
Although Mark hasn’t been with TransAction Corporate Shuttles for very long, Cindy Frene is impressed by his actions.
“It shows he has a great heart.”
Since being covered by CBS, Mark’s story has been attracting attention.
People love the man’s kindness and the way he has transformed his life. D Adams wrote:
“I wish I was rich so I could give this man the same amount he saved the family who owned the purse! God bless him.”
Sadly, wallets go missing all the time.
In fact, the US Department of Justice reports that 20% of people who have had their identity stolen believe the information came from a wayward wallet or checkbook. For this reason, you’re advised to only carry what you need and leave the rest at home.
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