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.