One metro man is thankful for the Good Samaritan who went to great lengths in order to return his lost wallet.
Bobby Dehart was pumping gas at the Phillips 66, near 87th and Raytown Road, on Wednesday when he says he dropped his wallet on the way into the store. “I’m freaking out,” Dehart said. “Yeah, I’m not having a good time at all.” Having just cashed a paycheck and having $700 in his wallet along with his personal information made his extremely worried. “I’m trying to figure out how to get my social security, my license, insurance, all that stuff back,” he recalled.
Meanwhile Dominique Coward, the man who found the wallet said, “I hesitated to pick it up, but something inside said to go back and pick it up.” Dominique Coward is a tree trimmer from Lexington, Missouri, and was in the area working when he stopped at the store to get a drink and noticed the wallet on the ground. “I was determined to return this wallet,” he said.
The wallet wasn’t claimed by any of the store workers and so Coward spent the next two hours going to the addresses listed on cards inside the wallet and ended up at Dehart’s parents’ home in Olathe. “I wanted to physically give him that wallet so he would know there are good people in this world,” he said.
Dehart wasn’t at his parent’s home, so Coward left the wallet with Dehart’s mom, never leaving his name. “I had to thank him, had to shake his hand,” said Dehart when he found out what Coward had done. “I had to know this guy.” Determined to find the good Samaritan, Dehart went back to the Phillips 66 to get a surveillance image of Coward’s work truck.
The power of Social media
His sister posted the image on social media, and then, “Someone called her and said, ‘I think I know the guy you’re talking about,’” he recalled. Dehart said Coward’s kindness reminded him that there are still people who follow the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He says, “In today’s day and age, you don’t expect that type of reaction out of a problem like that,” he said. “It was decent.”
Meanwhile Coward said he wasn’t looking for any reward, “The only reward that I want is to continue to do the right things in life,” Coward added. What a good story to read during these times of selfish and self-centered people. Share it with someone you know who would benefit from reading it.