Friday – AKA – TGIF – Fri-Yay/Good News

Today’s good news comes again from the Good News Network, so here it is unedited.

Teen Finds Woman’s Purse and is Rewarded With $17,000 After He Delivers it to Her Door By Good News Network

 

A 17-year-old teen in San Diego returned a purse left in a grocery store parking lot—and although he expected nothing in return, hundreds of strangers have offered him a big reward.

Adrian Rodriquez found the green handbag in Ralph’s parking lot in Chula Vista, California, two weeks ago. Instead of bringing it inside the store, he decided to deliver it himself to the woman’s front door.

Although the owner, Eliana Martin, wasn’t there, the purse was left with the roommates, and the home’s surveillance video was later used to track down the high school graduate to show him some love.

“I looked into the Ring camera, and I was like, ‘Oh my God. He’s such a young kid’,” recalls Melina Marquez. “We need to find him and just give him a little piece of gratitude.”

She and Martin posted the striking image on social media, and found the young man who returned the bag, which contained $20 and a wallet full of credit cards.

“My mom always told me since I was little to always do the right thing when nobody’s around,” Adrian told NBC News. “I didn’t expect nothing back, honestly.”

“If someone found my stuff, I’d want them to bring it back to me,” said the humble youth.

But the good news didn’t stop there. Marquez organized a GoFundMe campaign as a way for friends and new admirers to reward Adrian’s honesty.

764 donors sent money that totaled over $17,000.

“Every parent right now hopes that their children grow up to be just like this young gentleman,” Marquez told 10News in the video below.

Watch the video from the 10News segment, Positively San Diego…

The good news here is that some do for others without expecting anything in return. Today’s JohnKu talks about the highest good done for others. I hope you have a super weekend.

Good Works by John W. Howell © 2022

The very best good deed,

Is done without selfish thought . . .

And when no one knows.

 

81 comments

  1. Doing the right thing, this young man could teach a few adults I know. Of course, he’s too humble for any displays like that. I’m glad he was recognized.

    Another great story, Boss.

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    1. Yes, he is too humble but hopefully his story will cause others to behave in the same way. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. I do believe he will inspire.

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  2. I love stories like this. There are many many good young people out there and it’s great to hear about them instead of the few bad ones, who get most of the coverage.

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    1. I agree, Darlene.

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  3. Such a cool story.

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    1. Thanks, Craig. It is. 😁

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  4. Love stories like this. Thanks for sharing, John.

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    1. I do too, Joan. Thanks.

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  5. Wonderful to hear about the (many) good people in the world when so many schmucks are dominating the headlines. Happy Friday, John!

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    1. Yes its like raining schmucks lately.

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      1. 😂😂 Exactly!

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  6. Good for Adrian for doing the right thing!

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    1. I think so too. 😊

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  7. A great example for everyone about doing the right thing. This is a great example that we can find goodness in all age groups – including teens! Good find, John … and have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Frank. I hope you have a good weekend as well.

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  8. It’s such a great story. The world’s filled with people doing the right thing, and most of them never receive a mention. I’m glad this young man’s action was highlighted. His reward is good, but his example may influence other kids.

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    1. I hope his example will influence others. Thanks, Linda.

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  9. So cool. Nice to see this kind of stuff get highlighted.

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    1. I agree, Charles 😁

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  10. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    This story brought me to tears, John. The lady is right — we all hope our children would do the same thing. And your haiku is perfect! 💗

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Gwen. Tears are very appropriate.

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  11. I am thrilled to hear this.
    When I was a kid, I found a man’s wallet There was no money in it, but two credits were there. I asked my mother to drive me to the address. When the man answered the door, he accused me of taking his money and slammed the door in my face.

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    1. What a horrid old schmuck! Hopefully it didn’t stop you from doing the right thing in the future!

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      1. I agree Dale. I remember when I had a paper route one guy owed me for six weeks. The way it worked I had to pay for the papers in advance so I was out the money. I finally caught him at home and he ran me off his property. I never did get the money. I stopped delivery but still had to pay for the paper.

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      2. What a horrid man. Not cool that you had to pay, either!

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      3. I finally found another subscriber to pick up the slack.

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      4. You hustler, you!!

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      5. No, I convinced myself that he was a jerk!

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      6. Good for you!

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      7. Thanks.

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    2. Oh my goodness, GP. Well let’s just say you did the right thing on behalf of an asshat. It is bad on him. 😁

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      1. Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

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  12. Nice begets nice! Nice to be reminded, John. xx

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    1. A reminder is a good thing now and then. Thanks, Annette.

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  13. This was wonderful! Thanks for sharing, John.

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    1. Always a pleasure. Thanks for reading, Jill.

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  14. What an amazing story and this young man could teach many a thing or two.. great share John. enjoy your weekend..hugsx

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    1. Thank you, Sally. Enjoy your weekend as well.

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  15. There’s a very proud mother of that son out there somewhere. Sure wish the media would share more stories like this. Thanks, John!

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    1. I’m with you, Teri. I wish the media would look for good news more often.

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  16. John,
    I too enjoy a “good news” story. Being near Chicago I don’t see or hear much of that. So a refreshing story is always welcome.
    Speaking of refreshing, it’s 72 degrees here now (will go to 90+) we have windows open enjoying it while we can. Hope y’all get some relief soon too.

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    1. 10 day forecast is for over 100 every day. 🥵 Thanks for the Good News comment.

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  17. This young man and his parents should be commended. He did the right thing because he was taught values by his parents and he has respect for them and himself.

    Very happy for him.

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    1. I think you hit the nail on the head, Michele. Parents can have a big influence on their kids if they put in the effort

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  18. So heartening! Am I’m glad his good deed was returned, manifold.

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    1. I agree, Noelle.

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  19. What a wonderful young man. He was taught proper morals and teachings that have obviously stuck to him.
    Ummm ..Ya gotta love the news peeps who boost up the story. there was only $20 and credit cards in said purse yet they say the “purse was filled with cash…and instead of feasting on that GIANT find…” Not that it matters – he would have done the right thing regardless.
    Fantabulous find, John!

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    1. You know how media types are. Gotta be sensational. 🙄

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      1. No kidding. But hey, if it brings out this feel-good story? I won’t complain.

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  20. We should all always do the right thing, especially when no one else is around. Great story, John.

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    1. Thanks, Bruce. Great lesson for us all.

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  21. Love this, John. He’s going to go far in life, just watch ❤

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    1. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to keep track of him?

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  22. With kids like that taking care of our future I am not concerned. He is a good role model.

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  23. That’s the best story! What a great young man.

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  24. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Hopefully, this story continues to pay it forward. Imagine if the young man took the GoFundMe money and gave it to a charity of his choice.

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    1. That would be cool. Thanks, Pete

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  25. Cool story. The right thing is always the right choice.

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    1. I agree. Thanks, Dan

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  26. Excellent. There still is lots of good in our country. He was raised right.

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    1. Yes he was. Thanks, Stve.

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  27. Nice one, John. Thanks for sharing. I couldn’t read it until early Saturday morning. I was over in Mason, planting flowers on my mother-in-law’s grave… in Maple Grove Cemetery.

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    1. What a good son-in-law, Tim. I think doing that is a great thing.

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  28. A perfect JohnKu for a terrific story.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  29. It does a heart in these cynical days good to hear feel good stories like this! Great find, John-and thank you for sharing it.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Monika. Thanks for letting me know.

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  30. LOVE this story!
    He was merely obeying the golden rule.
    I’m thrilled he was rewarded, handsomely. It is a lesson to others.

    Your fab JohnKu expresses the truth.
    That is the bottom line.

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    1. Me too. Thanks, Resa.

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  31. Wow! This story made my day🙂

    Pat

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    1. Thank you, Pat. I’m glad you liked it. 😊

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  32. Great story, John. It’s so good to see people doing the right thing, when no one is around, as Adrian put it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes so true. Thanks for letting me know you liked it. 😁

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