AN INSTINCTIVE act of honesty has saved an elderly man hundreds of dollars and shown integrity exists among our youth.
Having just had a day out at Adventure World, Seth Goddard’s mum stopped at a Northlake Service Station for petrol and he rushed to use the amenities.
Walking into the men’s toilet, he noticed something on the ground.
“I thought ‘this is someone’s wallet’. I surprised to see it where it was,” he said.
The 13-year-old raced out to tell his mum, Elke Goddard.
“As soon as he went in he immediately came back out saying he had found the wallet. There was quite a bit of cash hanging out; we took it up to the cashier who looked inside,” she said.
“He knew whose it was and would contact its owner. We left our details too.
“An hour and a half later I received a phone call from an elderly man called Burt; he was ever so grateful and commended how honest Seth was.
“Then his daughter rang me a while later saying her dad was 91 and he wanted to send Seth something for being honest; we have arranged to meet Burt at his home in Rockingham.”
Mrs Goddard said they did not have enough words to commend her son.
“My husband and I just kept saying ‘you’ve done such a good thing. We are so proud of you’,” she said.
“When we found out Burt was 91 Seth said ‘Oh my god mum! I’m so glad I found it’.”
She took her son to meet with Burt Sellin on Saturday .
A surprise was waiting for Seth from Mr Sellin who shook his hand while telling him, “I don’t know how I’m ever going to thank you; there were a lot of things in that wallet”.
“You don’t look the type that would pinch it either. Good on ya son,” Mr Sellin said.
He then handed the teen a card with some money and words of appreciation in it.
Seth Goddard had saved Mr Sellin almost $600 by returning his wallet.