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Marlins fan loses wallet at game, Good Samaritan returns it with extra $20 (photo)


A friendly deed committed by Good Samaritan who attended the home opener of the Miami Marlins last week has done his part to restore our collective faith in the inherent goodness of at least some members of our society.

Cristhian Reyes, a senior at Miami Senior High School, was at Marlins Park on March 31 to watch the hometown team face the Colorado Rockies on Opening Day. At some point during the game, Reyes reached into his pocket only to discover that his wallet was missing.

“I was looking all over, like the seats, to see if I had just dropped it,” he told WSVN-TV. “I was paranoid because I had my school ID. It had some important stuff in there so I could contact other people, and I had money in there, obviously.”

Reyes assumed that the wallet was as good as gone, along with the items of value and cash. That is until he was summoned to the main office at his high school later that week.

A man, who did not identify himself, had visited the office to drop off Reyes’ wallet.

“This nice gentleman walked in, and I said ‘May I help you?'” said Registrar Barbara Piedra. “And he said, ‘Somebody lost this wallet. One of your students. I think it’s one of your students from this school, lost this wallet at the game, and I just want to make sure he gets it back.'”

Not only did the man go out of his way to make sure the high school senior got his wallet back., he also attached a note, along with an additional $20 so Reyes could learn the valuable lesson that “the world is a great place.”

The note in its entirety read: “I added $20 to it so you know the world is a great place. Do me a favor and when you get the chance, do something nice for someone else.”

Miami Senior High School Felix Zabala was understandably floored.

“Looked at the letter, I was in awe of the letter with the wallet, and I said ‘No, no, no, we need to do something with it,'” he said. “So I decided I’m gonna take a picture. So I took a picture of the letter and the wallet, and I emailed it to the entire staff.”

Reyes is unsure how he will exactly “pay it forward” per the man’s request, but he does know he will do something.

“I just want to thank him for giving me back my wallet,” he said. “Whenever I can, I’ll return that favor that they asked for.”