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May 2, 2013

Our view: Setting an honest example

Who says there aren’t honest people in the world?

Meet Cindy Bailen, who was heading into the YMCA on the Salem/Marblehead line earlier this week when she spotted what she thought was a soda can on the ground.

On second glance, it wasn’t trash but treasure of sorts — an inch-thick wallet with $1,800 in cash and at least one credit card.

To some folks, $1,800 is a windfall. To Bailen, it was an opportunity to do the right thing.

“I saw a ton of money, but I didn’t touch it, I didn’t go anywhere near it,” Bailen told reporter Neil H. Dempsey. “I would want someone to do the same for me.”

“At no point did I even consider taking it,” Bailen said. “I would’ve felt extremely guilty.”

Salem police tracked down the wallet’s appreciative owner in New York.

Another bonus: Bailen set a great example for her 9-year-old daughter, who had accompanied her on her trip to the gym.

Kudos to Bailen for restoring a little faith in humanity.

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