Date
17 September 2019
In the Year of the Pig, and at all times, what matters most is not what we receive in return for doing a kind deed, but what we become. Photo: AFP
In the Year of the Pig, and at all times, what matters most is not what we receive in return for doing a kind deed, but what we become. Photo: AFP

Early blessings in the Year of the Pig

Here’s a heartwarming story to inspire us in the Year of the Pig.

Many of us want to receive lucky money – preferably big – in the Lunar New Year, but what if it comes to you in the most unexpected place?

A man surnamed Kong was walking on Wan Poon Path in Tseung Kwan O this Monday when he spotted a wallet lying on the ground. He picked it up and found that it was stuffed with at least 10 HK$1,000 notes.

Some people would probably consider it a lucky find, and think that although it was another person’s loss, fate would have it that the money is now theirs – finders, keepers.

But not Kong, who did not entertain the thought that it was lai see from heaven.

Upon reaching home, he immediately uploaded a photo of the lost wallet on his Facebook page and called on the owner to contact him.

His Lost and Found notice went viral on social media, earning praises from netizens. After all, HK$10,000 is no small change: it’s a temptation many people would find hard to resist.

When no word came from the owner, Kong decided to hand over the wallet – with the contents intact, of course – to the police. And in almost no time at all, the owner showed up at the police station to claim it.

As to be expected, the owner was extremely delighted to recover his property, when just moments before he was moping over his loss. As a token of his appreciation, he decided to donate HK$1,000 to his favorite charity, Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders.

It’s not clear if the finder was offered any reward for going out of his way to return the money. But Kong said he was happy enough that he did what he did – and the fact that his honesty resulted in blessings to others.

On his Facebook page, he said: “I helped him, and he helped others. Netizens are quietly helping other people, and it is meaningful to see people helping one another.”

As to his decision to return the wallet, this is what Kong has to say: “Not all people are greedy, and that is something we have to teach our youngsters.”

May your tribe increase, Mr. Kong. Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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CG

EJ Insight writer