Even though this man was homeless and hungry, he turned in a designer wallet he found. In exchange, the owner gifted him a job and an apartment.
One’s true character is revealed when they are down on their principles and in a hard place. Fortunately, even when this 44-year-old formerly homeless man had only 9 baht (the equivalent of 25 cents USD) in his pockets, he felt compelled to do the right thing.
Metro relays that Waralop was wandering the city of Bangkok, Thailand, when he came across a designer Hermes wallet that had 20,000 baht ($579) and a number of credit cards in it.
He could have used the money to purchase some food and comfort for the evening, but instead, he walked to the local police station and turned it in. Reportedly, the owner of the wallet, 30-year-old Niity Pongkriangyos, hadn’t even noticed that it was missing.
When he learned that Waralop turned in his wallet, he quickly found the man and offered him a job in his Bangkok-based factory. In addition, Waralop was given an apartment to live in.
His new employer considered offering him a 2,000 baht reward, but instead decided that a new job that included packaged living accommodations would be better.
Mr. Pongkriangyos says:
“I was totally surprised when the police told me they had my wallet as I didn’t even know I’d lost it. My first reaction was ‘wow’, if it was me in that position with no money, I probably would have kept it. But he was homeless and had just a few coins in his pocket and still handed it in. That shows a good, honest person. Just the kind of staff we need.”