It Pays to be Honest


Today I had A LOT of errands to run so by the time I got to Walmart I was tired and ready to go home but I had a long list of groceries to pick up. As I headed towards the store, I noticed that a purse had been left in one of the carts outside. Another gal and I both saw it and we talked about how scared we’d be to realize we’d left a purse somewhere. I had to return some leaky facewash anyway so I took the purse in to Customer Service. Just after I handed it to the Walmart gal, a lady came up to the customer service desk looking a little frazzled. The Walmart gal guessed that she was looking for her purse so she returned it to her with a gesture towards me to indicate that I’d brought it back. The woman was so grateful and kept thanking me and saying “God bless you.” I told her it was no problem and I would’ve panicked if I’d been in her shoes and that I was just glad she had it back. She asked where I’d found it, shook her head, thanked me again and left. She returned about a minute later and held out a $100 bill. I told her it wasn’t necessary, it was really no problem and I was just glad she’d found her purse. She kept insisting and finally said “Please take it, I want to bless your life. ” So I took it, thanked her profusely and sat there in a stupor for a minute or two. Are you kidding me? $100 for returning a purse? I mean, we’d all be profoundly grateful but that’s grateful and extremely generous.

After a second, the guy next to me was like “Did she just give you $100??” I replied that she had and self-consciously said that anyone would’ve returned the purse. He said “No, not anyone.” To which I replied, “But most people would’ve” and he agreed. I thought a lot about those three conversations with the girl in the parking lot, the lady with the purse and the guy in customer service. It was rewarding to realize that most people are good and honest and to have it re-affirmed by three total strangers at Walmart. It was also comforting to realize that if it had been my purse, there was a good chance that someone would’ve done the same thing I did without giving it a second thought. After finishing my transaction, I wandered aimlessly around Walmart for about half an hour thinking about how lucky I was because so many things had to happen just right for me to be the one to find the purse and get the $100. What a nice lady and what a blessing!

14 Comments on “It Pays to be Honest

  1. Wow!! Good for you and good for her! That’s AWESOME! Now, how are you going to spend it?!?!

  2. That’s a great story! I’m with Lis, how are you going to spend it? Or did it pay for that long list of groceries???? Love you!

  3. Amazing! The wonderful thing is that you probably never even thought about keeping the purse. To you, it’s just natural to help and serve others. Choose the right to the rescue!

  4. dang, i need to fine me some purses at wal-mart to return to the customer service desk! that’s really great. it makes me happy when people are so grateful for something that we feel like is such a simple thing, something that we would naturally do.you’re great! i bet you felt just as good being able to do something nice as you did receiving that $100, if not better.

  5. Wow that’s so awesome! Maybe I’ll start hunting down stray purses. 😉How absolutely sweet of that woman to repay you with so much!

  6. that is amazing! I would like to think most people would return it but man, some really wouldnt!!

  7. Wow! That’s a really cool story! How amazing, and what a blessing! It has been so long since I have gotten on to read blogs, I’ve been thinking about you and wondering how your “along side” journey with me is going. Did you do your lovely and awful glucose test yet? I just did on Monday, ohh it makes you feel so lousy! I had told Chris that if I could just get to the 30 week mark I would finally feel like I was on the downhill slide… well the Dr. said I was MEASURING at 30 wks, does that count? 🙂

  8. I loved hearing the story again, that was awesome! Arte you sure you didn’t wander aimlessly around the store looking for more lost stuff you could turn in? 🙂

  9. Great story, Linds! YAY for honest and good people. Makes me want to move to San Antonio today. I love that Texans say, “God bless you” for doing a kind deed. Only in Texas. Love it.

  10. That is a neat story Lindsay. Sometimes we forget that most people are honest because all we hear about are the ones who aren’t. You are awesome!

  11. There always was something special about the two of you! I remember very well the first Valentines Day shared with or maybe not shared with your grandpa. He traveled all the way to Orem only to find no one at home. When my mother and I returned home there was a lovely box of chocolates hanging on the door with a sweet card that I still have. He went home one disappointed guy only to return a couple of days later for my birthday with a beautiful music box he had brought home from Germany along with another sweet card that I treasure. Great memories!!!

  12. Way to go IDAHO…I hope you had a fund day shopping. No wonder you stuck to your budget last month. ha ha

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