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Honest teen hands back $2000 in cash

KIND DEED: Trolley collector Josh Wilson, 19, tracked down the owner of a wallet he found with $2000 in it.
KIND DEED: Trolley collector Josh Wilson, 19, tracked down the owner of a wallet he found with $2000 in it. Craig Warhurst

IF YOU were a teenager and you found $2000, would you take it and run or would you do the right thing?

When Josh Wilson, 19, faced that very dilemma, he knew exactly what he would do - he would find the rightful owner.

It as an incredibly honest act, especially when Mr Wilson experienced the dark side of life in December 2013.

His jaw was broken in a vicious attack in Coles car park and it took the young man 12 weeks to recover from his injuries.

But that has not changed the childhood values his father taught him from an early age.

"I was brought up with honest values," he said.

"When I found the wallet, I looked through it to find a name and I happened to open a section up and there was all this money and I thought, 'I'll try to find the owner straight away.'"

After work, Mr Wilson went to the address he found in the wallet but no one was home so he left a note on the door with his name and phone number.

The next day at 9.30am the wad of cash was handed over to a grateful recipient.

"The lady said thank you 1000 times," Mr Wilson said.

The Gympie woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she was devastated when she lost the wallet because the money belonged to her church.

On her way to deposit the cash, she went to Coles to buy some groceries.

When she got to the supermarket, she put her wallet containing the $2000 in the eco-friendly green bag she took for her groceries, but once she got there she forgot she had the bag and had her shopping items placed into ordinary plastic shopping bags.

It was not until late that night she realised she had left the green bag - and her wallet - in the trolley.

"I went back to the supermarket but by then it was closed and no one could help me," she said.

"I was devastated."

"When I went home there was a note on door which said, 'I'm Josh Wilson, I have something belonging to you and could you please call me.'

"He'd gone to great lengths to track me down. I don't know why, but I just thought he'd be a pensioner because pensioners are usually very honest.

"I couldn't believe it when I found out he was only 19.

"I want to congratulate Coles on having such a wonderful young employee and encourage other young people to take a leaf out of his book.

"He's a fine young man."

Gympie Times

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