Wallets are a unique accessory. We do not typically think about how important they are or how much we depend on them. But the moment we lose that wallet, we feel almost helpless – not only because all of our IDs and money are inside of that wallet, but also because the wallet itself is something many of us feel very connected to. It is, sometimes without realizing it, a part of our identity.
When we lose our wallet, we are often faced with an overwhelming amount of fear, panic, and sadness. We also know that, since there is typically money in there, the odds of getting our wallet back are fairly slim. It can be an emotionally difficult experience.
So what happens when we do get our wallets back?
We’ve collected some heartwarming stories of wallets that were lost and eventually returned to their owners:
Jeff Getting His Wallet Back From a Empathic Russian Guy
It is often not easy to get a wallet back to someone after it has been lost. Sometimes you get lucky and the person has a unique name that you can easily find on social media, or their address is on their ID and it’s close enough you can just drop it off. But sometimes, getting the wallet back to someone is much harder than that.
The person who found Jeff’s wallet, an “empathic Russian guy” (his words), detailed what the experience was like to try to find the wallet’s owner. You can also find Jeff’s happiness at his wallet being found.
Sometimes, a Returned Wallet Makes Your Day
An anonymous Reddit user shared the story about how a person finding their wallet and just returning it to Lost and Found was enough to make their day infinitely better. We are all so attached to our wallets, that sometimes a simple act of dropping it off somewhere is enough to make someone extraordinarily happy.
Walked 6 Miles to Drop off the Wallet
Another story which was not shared online is the story of Micah, a college student in Seattle. Micah found a wallet in the middle of a busy street near Northgate Mall. He opened the wallet, and it had an ID on it with an address of a woman in her mid-50s. Micah did not drive at the time, and the address was 6 miles away, so – without much else to do that day – he went for a walk to the address on the ID.
He got to the front door and the person opened it, unsure why a college boy was standing outside of her house at 7pm. Micah handed over the wallet and walked away. The person’s eyes widened with shock. After Micah was over half a block away, he could hear the person yelling from the top of their lungs “Thank you so, so much!”
Wallet Items Stolen, But a Good Samaritan Made it Better
This anonymous user describes their experience with a stolen wallet. Their wallet, which had the cash and cards stolen, was returned to them through social media based on an item that was kept inside of the wallet with no value that wasn’t removed.
Another story, also in Seattle, shows the joy that someone experiences when their wallet is returned to them. This person was so grateful, all the wanted to do was give the person a reward for returning the wallet to their door.
12 Year Old Raises Money for Homeless Man that Returned Lost Wallet
In San Rafael, a grandmother had accidentally dropped her wallet somewhere outside of a coffee shop. The wallet was returned by a man that had been homeless for five years, along with all the items inside of it. Her granddaughter was so grateful, that she used her birthday to organize a fundraiser for the man that returned the wallet, raising hundreds of dollars.
Share Your Story!
Have you ever had a story where you lost your wallet and it was either returned to you or you found it? Share it with us! We’d love to post it on here and show other heartwarming stories of people reunited with their wallets.