Tyler Opdyke, a teen Good Samaritan who returned a wallet stuffed with wads of cash, is being hailed a hero.
Surveillance cameras at Melissa Vang‘s home in the Elk Grove suburb of Sacramento, California, caught Opdyke returning her husband’s lost wallet to her doorstep. He then quietly walked away.
Vang was so touched by Tyler’s kind gesture that she shared the video on Facebook.
Tyler was passing out fliers for the part-time job he has at a pest-control store when he found a wallet overflowing with cash on the driveway of a home. Opdyke then knocked on the door, hoping to return the lost item.
He said no one answered the door, but he heard the sounds of little children inside. Because he didn’t want to frighten whoever lived there, he held up the wallet to a surveillance camera and then placed it on the doorstep before leaving.
“I was knocking on the door for a minute or two,” Tyler told ABC 10. “I actually heard her little girls and was wondering, ‘Why is nobody answering?’ I’m like, ‘How can I find some way to let them know that I have this? I was like, ‘Perfect! Here’s a camera right there.'”
Teen returns wallet w/ $1500 cash. Woman in home said, “It’s sad that I didn’t trust him to open my door when he was just doing a good deed” pic.twitter.com/gdVFaybQJQ
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Melissa Vang was at home with her two little girls when she heard the knock on her front door. She ignored it because she was afraid to answer.
When Melissa checked the surveillance video later, she was surprised to find her husband’s lost wallet, which had his credit cards and $1,500 in cash.
“When I checked the video later, [Tyler] had walked away already,” Vang told ABC 10. “I was like, ‘that’s my husband’s wallet!”
Vang later posted the video on Facebook because she wanted to thank Opdyke. She also gave Tyler a $150 reward.
“It’s sad that I didn’t trust him to open my door when he was just doing a good deed,” she wrote. “We hear so many terrible news and barely any good. His act of kindness cannot go unrecognized.”
Tyler, 18, is a devout Christian who never even considered keeping the money. “I’ve been raised in the church all my life, and I just felt this is not mine,” he said. “I don’t know their family. I don’t know what they’re going through.”
A peek at Tyler’s Instagram account shows just what a wholesome, all-American kid he is. In addition to playing high school football, Opdyke writes gushing posts praising his dad and his sister (see below).
And (teen) ladies, we checked his football stats online: Tyler is 6-feet-tall and weighs 165 pounds. And he’s a kind, baby-faced dreamboat. What’s not to like?
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