Three Colorado children who returned a wallet stuffed with $700 of cash to its owner have been hailed by well wishers.
Haylie Wenke, 13, her brother 6-year-old Reagan, and their friend Ashley Dayton are seen on surveillance video around midday on July 18 approaching the front door of an Aurora home, where a robotic voice tells them to leave a message.
Haylie tells the messaging system they had found the wallet outside a car and were returning it so no one would take the money.
‘We found your wallet outside of your car and we just thought we would give it back to you,’ she says, before hiding the wallet by the door. I’m going to put it over here so no takes any money. You’re welcome. Thank you.’
Haylie told KDVR-TV the trio were riding their bikes to a water park when they spotted the wallet and decided to return it.
‘We just thought it would be a good thing to do,’ she said. ‘It just feels good because we really didn’t need the money. So we just decided to give it back.’
The residents say the wallet belonged to their son, Nigel Drake.
His father, Jamie Carlton, posted the video on Facebook so he could find the children and thank them.
The children’s parents spoke to Dailymail.com of their pride. Mother Kerri Eddy Wenke said: ‘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!!’
Father Ryan Wenke said: ‘We try our best to make sure they are taught between right and wrong.’
Other Facebook users praised the children for their honesty, with Nilda L. Rosario Geigel writing: ‘Bravo for those parents who teach them the right thing and BRAVO to them for learn it.’
Derek Spence commented: ‘Those kids must have had good parents that teach them good morals and values.
‘When you do the right thing the right thing happens. I hope the world can become this way more.’
‘That’s a great thing those kids did! Glad that they were honest and returned the wallet to the rightful owner,’ Denise Galloway Young said. ‘We need more honest and kind people like these children.’
Jeanne Kath Doerr wrote: ‘They are my Great Niece and Great nephew. They are great kids and I am so proud of them.’
And Dee Ann Parsons Tidwell added: ‘Love these stories. Restores my faith in people.’