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After A Supermarket Security Guard Biked Three Miles To Return A Wallet, The Community Rallied To Get Him A Car

A mom went grocery shopping with her five-month-old son in Kahului, Hawaii, and accidentally forgot her wallet. The supermarket’s security guard saw the wallet and offered to return it to her when he got off of work.

The mom was Chloe Marino and she lives three miles away from the market and being that the security guard, Aina Townsend, didn’t have a car — he biked all three miles, uphill.

He rode his bike for an hour and finally reached her home. She didn’t even realize it was gone until he brought it back to her and was very appreciative of his kind gesture. 

“You know, I lost a wallet before too and it’s the worst thing in the world,” Townsend said when he spoke to CNN, “I was just doing what I felt was the right thing to do.”

After Townsend’s good deed, not only was Chloe appreciative of his good deed, her husband Gray was as well and made a Facebook post about it.

“On Saturday my wife left her wallet in the shopping cart of Foodland in Kahului by the mall,” the post reads, “After loading the baby and groceries into the car, she hadn’t even noticed it was gone.”

The post continues, “Several hours later we had a knock on our home door. It was the security guard from Foodland. He had found the wallet, and after seeing that we didn’t come back for it. He got on his bicycle and he pedaled miles to Waiehu where we lived, getting the address from her ID. He literally rode his bicycle to return her wallet. Completely full of everything important to her including cash. Nothing was so much as moved.”

Gray finished by writing, “The security guard said his name was Aina Jose. He works at the Kahului Food Land (on Maui). Words cannot do this gentleman justice. He truly is what is right on our island and in this world.”

One of Gray’s friends, Greg Gaudet, was moved by the selfless act and decided to do something nice for him — setting up a GoFundMe page for Aina to help him get a car.

The original goal was $5,000 and they made that and more, exceeding the goal by almost $19,000 for a grand total of $24,000.

Gaudet told CNN, “There were a few times in my life where people did a few things that made a really big impact. He deserves it… He’s been working hard for a long time. He’s a good guy. He deserves a break.”

Moises Mendez II

Written by Moises Mendez II