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Teen Holds Something Up To Security Camera - What He Does Next Leaves Owner Speechless

A homeowner became nervous when she saw a teen approach her house and hold something up to her security camera.

Tyler Opdyke, an 18-year-old teenager from Sacramento California, has been lauded for his integrity after security cameras captured the moment the young man placed a wallet under a doormat after he found it abandoned on the driveway. Whereas other people might have taken the wallet, which held several credit cards and a clip with $1500 in cash, it was clear to Tyler that the right thing to do was to return the wallet to its likely owner.

“I just really thought about what I would want someone to do if I were to drop my wallet,” Tyler told CBS13, adding: “And then I thought about the house. I thought about the family who lived there." Tyler spotted the thick wallet while he walked around his local neighborhood, handing out flyers that were advertising his father’s company, StrikeZone Pest Control.

As Tyler strolled past Melissa Vang’s home in Elk Grove, the teenager caught a glimpse of a shiny object on the driveway. The shine turned out to be a card-filled wallet and money clip packed with bills. The wallet belonged to Melissa Vang’s husband, who had dropped it as he got into the car in the morning. "With that cash, we were planning to go shopping with it for a feast that we had yesterday,” said Ms. Vang. “But I had no clue he had dropped his wallet or how much cash he had carried and was stuck in there.”

After picking up the hefty wallet, Tyler did not hesitate before he began walking up the Vang family home. However, when Tyler knocked the door, there was no answer. Thinking that no one was home, the quick-thinking teenager flashed the wallet to a front porch security camera and placed it underneath the doormat before walking away.

Little did Tyler know that Ms. Vang – who was uncomfortable answering a stranger at the door – was watching his every move via the front security camera. "I don't open my door to strangers, or anyone really that I don't know or recognize. So after he walked away, I checked my camera.”

Ms. Vang was stunned by the boy’s trustworthy and kind-hearted attitude. So when Tyler came back around after handing out his flyers, she immediately went out to greet and thank him. “I went back to go see if the money was still there because if it was, I was going to keep knocking,” said Tyler. “And that's when Melissa and her two girls came out and we hugged.”

The experience has taught Ms. Vang a valuable lesson about trusting people, saying: “It’s sad that I didn’t trust him to open my door when he was just doing a good deed.” Maybe in future, the Elk Grove resident will be the one helping a stranger in need. “I think we all need to be reminded that there are still good people out there,” she said. “His act of kindness cannot go unrecognized.” Ms. Vang remained true to her word, awarding Tyler $150 for returning the wallet.

Source: HuffPost, CBS Sacramento
Photo: YouTube

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