Acts of Kindness

Woman admits she turned out to be wrong about suspicious stranger outside her home doing a good deed

July 28th, 2020

People in general, but especially women, need to take precautions to stay safe. Unfortunately, criminals are taking advantage of the pandemic by burglarizing homes and businesses. That’s just one reason why so many individuals have opted to have a surveillance system installed. Even something like a doorbell camera can capture details of things going on outside.

For one woman, she got the fright of her life after receiving an alert about a stranger lingering outside of her home.

Deterring crime

Katie Egger Makris is one of those people who decided to have a security system installed at her home. For her, like many others, this was a great way to keep criminals at bay. Hopefully, if they saw she had a camera, they’d move on.

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What’s going on?

That’s what Katie wondered the day she received an alert on her phone. According to her security system, someone she didn’t know was hanging around her house. As expected, it made her feel nervous.

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Facebook/Katie Egger Makris Source: Facebook/Katie Egger Makris

She was clueless

As she watched the video, she had no idea who this man was but he looked kind of scary. Wearing a plaid hoodie of some sort and a Dallas winter hat, he looked a bit disheveled. His appearance only added to her concerns.

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Facebook/Katie Egger Makris Source: Facebook/Katie Egger Makris

It wasn’t what it seemed

What initially looked like someone trying to break into her house or perhaps steal something off her porch was something entirely different. Come to find out, he was doing a good deed. That’s right, this wasn’t a burglar but a good Samaritan.

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Facebook/Katie Egger Makris Source: Facebook/Katie Egger Makris

How it began

It all started when Katie was rushing to get to the gym for her 6:00 a.m. spin class. Leaving her home in Michigan Park, located in the northeast part of Washington, she was in such a hurry that she didn’t realize she’d dropped her wallet in the street.

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Ready to work out

Just as the class was about to start, that’s when she received an alert on her phone advising that something odd was going on at her house. She watches the video and sees a man fiddling around. But even with a clear image, there’s no way to tell what he’s up to.

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Facebook/Katie Egger Makris Source: Facebook/Katie Egger Makris

Her husband fills in the gap

Only after receiving a call from her husband did Katie know what had taken place. This man saw her wallet in the street. But instead of picking it up and driving off with it, he walked up to her door to return it. What she saw in the video was him trying to find a secure place to put it. After a few seconds, he sets the wallet under the doormat.

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She’s on a mission

Now that Katie understands this man was doing a good deed as opposed to bad, she’s on the hunt to find out who he is. So, she posted a message on Facebook. First, she thanked the stranger for his honesty and kindness. Second, she wants to find him so she can thank him in person.

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Facebook/Katie Egger Makris Source: Facebook/Katie Egger Makris

She’s so grateful

In her post, Katie goes on to say, “Anyone who lives in DC knows this is pretty much unheard of – you drop a wallet, you lose a wallet, and you usually lose everything in your accounts if you’re not quick. Counting my blessings today – I’m damn lucky.”

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Facebook/Katie Egger Makris Source: Facebook/Katie Egger Makris

Nothing yet

While Katie still hasn’t identified the man who returned her wallet, she’s hoping that someone will recognize him. Whether he’s ever identified or not, it’s so refreshing to know there are still good people in this world. The coolest part of this…the man did this thinking no one was watching.

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Facebook/Katie Egger Makris Source: Facebook/Katie Egger Makris

If you’re feeling a little down about all the negativity right now, we invite you to watch the video below. It’ll help cheer you up.

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Warning: this is a POSITIVE “does anyone recognize this guy?” Doorbell camera post. 😉 Typically, posted videos from Ring cameras are about package thefts, break ins, people juggling car doors on the street to see what’s open…and our neighborhood list serv is always littered with these this time of year. But this morning I saw an alert while I was setting up my 6am class at Off Road DC – I clicked over and thought it was a little weird for a delivery that early, but figured maybe someone got my mail or whatever. Turns out: I was in a huge rush this am and didn’t zip my bag. My wallet fell out in the middle of the road. This guy was nice enough to stop his van, clearly checked the address on the ID and returned it under our mat. Anyone who lives in DC knows this is pretty much unheard of- you drop a wallet, you lose a wallet, and you usually lose everything in your accounts if you’re not quick, too. Counting my blessings today- I'm damn lucky. Random Dallas fan in the plaid with the white van: thank you. You’re what’s right in the world.

Posted by Katie Egger Makris on Thursday, November 15, 2018

Source: NBC Washington, Facebook

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