Generous stranger returns lost wallet with something extra inside

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
After losing his wallet, Shamatt was touched to receive a heartfelt gift from a stranger [Photo: Getty]

After losing his wallet in Las Vegas, Hunter Shamatt didn’t think he’d ever see his bank card or ID ever again – until a generous stranger carried out their good deed of the day.

The 20-year-old had only just arrived at the party destination for his sister’s wedding weekend when he realised that his wallet was missing. Inside, he had $60 (approximately £46), his bank card, a $400 pay check and ID stashed away.

Despite being understandably worried, Shamatt didn’t want to overshadow his sister’s big day so decided to borrow money from his parents for the weekend.

“It kind of sucked,” he told The Washington Post. “I was anxious not having my ID.”

Shamatt believed that he may have lost the wallet on the flight from Omaha to Vegas but when he called the airline to report it missing, he sadly had no luck.

Following the wedding, he headed to the airport to fly home but was worried about boarding the flight without ID. After an hour-long interview, Shamatt was eventually allowed onto the aircraft.

But when he arrived home, to his surprise, the lost wallet was readily awaiting him alongside a touching note.

“Hunter, found this on a Frontier flight from Omaha to Denver – row 12, seat F wedged between the seat and wall. Thought you might want it back. All the best,” the message read.

If that wasn’t enough of a relief, there was an additional message from the anonymous person which stated: “P.S. I rounded your cash up to an even $100 so you could celebrate getting your wallet back. Have Fun!!!”

Blown away by the kind gesture, his mother, Jeannie Shamatt, took to Facebook in a bid to track down the anonymous stranger.

Alongside an image of the note, she wrote: “Please help share this post so we can find this amazing person.”

After amassing over 3,500 likes, the man in question was finally identified as Todd Brown.

In response, Shamatt wrote him a heartfelt ‘thank you’ note: “Sir, I can’t thank you enough. What you’ve done for me is virtually unheard of.”

“Never in my life have I or my family witnessed such generosity. I never expected to see my wallet again, let alone with $40 more,” he wrote. “Thank you so much, I’ve got student loans and a truck loan and it makes all the difference.”

Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t the only one to be touched by the kind gesture as Facebook users took to the post to praise Brown.

One commented: “Great story and still so many honest people out there! Big hurrah for that wonderful person!”

“Thanks for reminding us there are good folks that still care and do the right thing,” another wrote.

A third commented: “God bless the wonderful man who returned his wallet to him, you’re an angel and a hero.”

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