Who says doing the right thing doesn’t pay off? For one young man doing the right thing turned out to be a worthwhile endeavor. 17 year old Adrian Rodriquez from San Diego returned a purse he found in a grocery store parking lot.
He found the green handbag in Ralph’s parking lot in Chula Vista, California. Instead of taking it to the store clerk, he decided he would go out of his way to deliver it himself to the woman’s front door.
Although the owner, Eliana Martin, wasn’t there, the purse was left with the roommates, and the home’s surveillance video was later used to track down the high school graduate to show him some love.
“I looked into the Ring camera, and I was like, ‘Oh my God. He’s such a young kid’,” recalls Melina Marquez. “We need to find him and just give him a little piece of gratitude.”
She posted the image on social media, and found the young man who returned the bag. The bag only $20 and some credit cards, and in this economy someone might be tempted to take but not this young man.
As a matter of fact in an interview with NBC News the boy reveals that his mom and her clear words to him were the impetus for doing the right thing. “My mom always told me since I was little always do the right thing when nobody’s around.” He went on to say “If someone found my stuff, I’d want them to bring it back to me.”
While he did it with a pure motive even saying, “I didn’t expect nothing back, honestly.”
While he didn’t expect anything that didn’t stop 764 donors who sent in money that totaled over $17,000. While everyone hopes their kids grow up to be people of integrity this young man, has made one mom proud. Thanks to all the moms you do an amazing job.
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