What would you do if you found nearly $5,000 in a lost wallet on the sidewalk?
For most of us, it’s just a theoretical question. But New Jersey resident Marcario Panuil faced the real-life dilemma and decided to return the wallet and its contents to their rightful owner.
To get a sense of how unusual his selfless deed is, just scan the news and observe the number of stories about stolen wallets. Some estimates suggest that 1,000 wallets are stolen in the U.S. alone every two minutes. And an estimated 9 million Americans are victims of identify theft each year, often resulting from stolen wallets or credit cards.
The Jersey Journal reports that Panuil, a 20-year-veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, found the wallet containing $4,800 — all in $100 bills -- while on his delivery route in Jersey City.
"I need to give it back to the owner," Panuli told the paper when asked what was his first thought after finding the money.
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