A California teenager who was passing out flyers in a Sacramento Neighborhood didn’t hesitate to do the right thing when he came across a wallet with $1,500 cash inside.
Tyler Opdyke, 18, told KXTV that he had been going door-to-door in the Elk Grove area to hand out flyers for a pest control business when he noticed the wallet in a driveway.
Opdyke knocked on the door for “a minute or two,” but there was no answer, although he heard voices inside. He noticed a home surveillance camera, and held the wallet up to the camera to inform the homeowners that he’d found the cash.
Then, Opdyke is seen leaving the wallet on the doormat.
Melissa Vang told KXTV that she was home with her children but ignored the knocks on the door, fearing the worse. Then, she was surprised when she watched the surveillance footage.
“When I checked the video, he had walked away already,” she said. “I was like, ‘that’s my husband’s wallet!”
Vang then posted Opdyke’s good deed on Facebook, saying she felt sorry for mistrusting someone with such good intentions.
The cash had been given to Vang’s husband from friends and family for an event they were planning, she said.
“It touched my heart for him to return this much cash,” said Vang.
Opdyke said the cash was not his to keep.
“I’ve been raised in the church all my life and I just felt this is not mine,” Opdyke said. “I don’t know their family. I don’t know what they’re going through.”
Opdyke also had a miniature source of inspiration to return the wallet, in the form of his younger cousin who also urged him to give it back.
“He said ‘good, or else I would’ve told my mom,'” said Opdyke.
Vang gave Opdyke a cash reward for his troubles.