Three children return wallet filled with $700 to owner proving the 'spoilt millennial' is just a weary trope
The wallet owner's father posted their security surveillance footage that shows the children come over and explain what had happened
Let's be honest here - as a child, or even as an adult, if we found a thick, loaded wallet lying on the ground, chances are high that even for a hot minute, we'd be tempted to keep it. It's not every day you come across someone giving up on a whopping $700, but for these kids, it was one of those days. Three young kids did the unthinkable and actually returned a wallet stuffed with $700 after they found it lying outside the owner's house.
The wallet owner's father posted the video of the kids dropping off his son's wallet - the clip caught on their security camera - and decided to post it on Facebook to just prove that this generation hasn't really gone down the drain. With the 13-year-old Haylie Wenke, her six-year-old brother, Regan, and their friend, Ashely Dayton returning this loaded wallet, the coffin has finally been nailed.
The siblings came across the wallet on July 18, in Colorado, and instead of instinctively going on a shopping spree (let's admit it, some of us would have at least considered doing it), they decided to return the wallet to its rightful owner, with its full amount intact.
But when they went over to the house of the owner - Jamie Carlton - there was no one present. Instead, they were greeted by the automated surveillance system and asked to leave a message. Addressing the machine, Hayler can be heard on the video, saying: "We found your wallet outside of your car and we just thought we would give it back to you. I’m going to put it over here so no one takes any money. You’re welcome. Thank you."
Speaking to KDVR-TV Haylie shared that her brother, and their friend, were riding their bikes to the water park when they spotted the wallet lying around. She explains: "We just thought it would be a good thing to do. It just feels good because we really didn’t need the money. So we just decided to give it back."
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Haylie and Regan’s mother, Kerri Eddy Wenke, shared how pride she is of her two kids, saying: "It is very humbling the kids have gotten so much attention! I would like to take credit for their actions, but we really can’t. They were by themselves and chose to put the wallet in a safe place all on their own! As parents, I think we always hope they are doing the right thing when we are not around or when no one is watching. It makes me very proud!"
Their father, Ryan, added: "We try our best to make sure they are taught between right and wrong."
The wallet owner's father, Jamie, had shared the video on Facebook so he could get in touch with the kind-kids who decided to do the right thing. Since his video has gone viral, he has also been contacted by Kerri, and thus he managed to pass on his and Nigel's thanks for what the kids did.