A South Dakota man lost his wallet on a flight early in November and was stunned to find it mailed to his house with even more money inside.
Hunter Shamatt lost his wallet on a flight from Omaha, Nebraska to Las Vegas, but the 20-year-old found it in his mailbox a few weeks later.
The wallet had his identification, his debit card, a signed paycheck, and $60 in cash. The stranger who found it had added in $40.
“Found this on a Frontier flight … wedged between the seat and the wall. Thought you might want it back,” the stranger wrote.
“I rounded your cash up to an even $100 so you could celebrate getting your wallet back. Have fun!”
His mother Jeannie Shamatt shared a picture of the note on Facebook.
On our way to Vegas for my daughters wedding last week, Hunter lost his wallet. Unfortunately it had 60.00 cash, his…
“Once we realized the wallet was missing, we called Frontier Airlines to see if someone turned it in. After fearing the worst that everything was gone, tonight Hunter received a package in the mail with his wallet and a letter signed with only initials,” she wrote, calling the person who returned the note amazing.
In an update, Shamatt said that with the help of others her family was able to get in touch with the man who had returned the wallet.
“I try to teach my children to do the right things in life, help people when you can regardless of the outcome. This story is more about restoring faith in people than anything. Everything in the wallet we could of replaced. We hear a lot of bad news but not enough good news,” she wrote.
“I personally want to thank Todd Brown and his wife for restoring faith that there are amazing people out there, the world is not as grim as it’s being made out to be.”
Brown’s co-worker helped connect him with Shamatt, reported the Omaha World-Herald.
Brown works for Applied Underwriting in Omaha and was on a flight from Omaha to Denver when he found the wallet.
Hunter Shamatt said the wallet return highlights the goodness seen in the world.
“I think that it goes to show that there’s more good out there than there is evil because this was just a random guy on the street. Shows that there are still good people out there,” Shamatt told KSFY. “It really meant a lot that he would go out of his way and do that for a complete stranger. I’m still paying off school loans and I got truck loans to pay off so it really helps out.”
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It’s not clear how many lost wallets are ultimately returned but one study found that not that many are.
Back in 2010, a British privacy protection firm called CPP conducted an experiment and dropped 100 wallets and purses across five cities. Only 20 percent of them were returned and only 55 percent of those returned contained all the original sum of money, reported CNN.
“Losing your wallet is a highly stressful experience and causes great inconvenience and worry,” said Sarah Blaney, a card fraud expert from CPP. “With the vast majority of people carrying their credit and debit cards, as well as vital personal information in their wallets, millions of people are putting themselves at risk of fraud.”
As part of the report, the firm also interviewed a random sample of 2,029 adults and found that people carry an average of $133 in cash in their wallets. People who lost their wallets and don’t get them back spend an average of more than 110 hours replacing everything inside the wallet, including personal mementos.
The firm recommended people be careful with their wallets and other belongings and not expect them to be returned if lost.