A 44-year-old Thai man named Waralop had seen better days in the past.
For several years, he had been living under the train station platform and taking odd jobs.
But one day, when he saw a wallet on the platform, he decided not to ignore it, to not let karma take its course, but rather to find the owner and return the find.
To Waralop’s surprise, it turned out that the owner of the wallet was a millionaire who quickly decided to thank the man for his honesty.
The wallet, apparently dropped by a man rushing for the train, was clearly expensive in itself.
The contents inside would have been impressive even by the standards of a homeless person.
The wallet was very heavy.
Yet, despite having only 9 Baht (25 cents) in his own pocket, Waralop decided without any hesitation to take the find to the local police station without even opening it.
The return of the wallet surprised the police greatly. Because the man could easily have taken the wallet for himself, and no one would ever have found it.
But they accepted the find from Waralop and took inventory: 20,000 Baht (520 dollars) and many bank cards were counted within a Hermes wallet.
Finding the owner was not difficult for them. He turned out to be a successful young businessman who owned multiple factories manufacturing metal structures.
He was very surprised not only to have the wallet returned but also that Waralop, who found it, didn’t take anything.
Niity Pongkriangyos found Waralop and offered him 2,000 Baht for the find. But the homeless man politely declined, saying he didn’t deserve it.
Then the entrepreneur decided to approach the reward differently.
Niity’s new offer was a job at his factory as well as worker accommodations that would provide a roof over the homeless man’s head.
Waralop accepted this offer and got a job with a salary of 11,000 Baht per month. He also proved his honesty here; he didn’t slack off and put in a lot of effort in the factory.
Six months later, Niity even decided to promote him.
The story quickly made its way into local publications, and the former homeless man became a national hero in Thailand.
Today, he works in a factory and is glad that a simple act has completely changed his life.