Security Guard Receives Brand New Car After Biking 1 Hour Uphill to Return Lost Wallet

When a shopper left her wallet inside a shopping cart at a Foodland grocery store in Kahului, Hawaii, security guard Aina Townsend volunteered to personally return it to the owner after his shift ended. The 22-year-old security guard biked about 1 hour to reach the house of Chloe Marino because most of the 3-mile journey (around 5km) was uphill.

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Chloe was surprised to open the door and find the security guard outside, carrying her lost wallet. She did not even realize that she had left it at the grocery store because she was busy with her 5-month-old baby and the grocery items they bought.

I didn’t even realize I had lost it. He definitely went out of his way for a complete stranger which was so amazing,” Chloe said.

But Aina was not looking for any reward for as he returned the wallet. He simply wanted to return it, knowing how the owner would feel if they can’t find the lost item.

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You know, I lost a wallet before too and it’s the worst thing in the world. I was just doing what I felt was the right thing to do,” he explained.

Chloe and her husband, Gray, tried to give him a reward for his actions but the young security guard refused.

He’s like, ‘No, no, no, I know what it’s like, I just wanted to return it before the holidays.’ He was humble, he was kind, and he went out of his way just to do a nice gesture,” Gray narrated.

Amazed at this honest young man who even refused a reward for his good deed, Gray shared it on Facebook. Soon, one of their friends launched a GoFundMe campaign for the community to reward him with a car.

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When I put myself in his position after a long day of work and school, wanting to go home to see my family and go to bed, but choosing to ride my bike to the next town miles away instead to return this women’s wallet, I know this guy has a huge heart,” wrote Gregory Gaudet, one of Gray’s friends.

This shows the effect that one act of kindness and selflessness can have, and the way we can impact the world by repeating these actions.

The campaign has raised over $25,000 – enough to buy the young man a brand-new car! He’s been cycling to work for over 5 years and feels quite amazed that the community would give him this new car as a reward. Gregory got him a 2017 VW Jetta just before New Year’s Day.

It means a lot. It’s not only about having better transportation. I can do more stuff for my family now. That’s the bigger part of the picture,” Aina said.

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A big chunk of the donations went to the car while the rest will be invested into mutual funds or other investment vehicles for Aina, explained Gregory.

I’m teaching Aina how to set up to start a nest egg for his future so he can learn how to build financial security by making that small amount of money grow into a large amount of money over time,” Gaudet added.

Thanks to his honesty, Aina received an amazing reward. Wow!