If you found a wallet fat with cash sitting in the middle of a sidewalk in your neighborhood and no one was around, what would you do? The honest thing would be to use the information inside to return the wallet to its owner. But being honest isn’t always easy, especially when there isn’t anybody watching.
When a young driver named Sydnee bumped her car into another while backing out of a crowded parking lot, she was overwhelmed with guilt but she tried to do the right thing. When the car’s owner finally tracked her down, she couldn’t believe the decision she made had led to this…
Sydnee was a young woman who loved to shop. She would frequently drive to her local mall to visit all her favorite stores and leave her car in the parking lot. But one day, her usual trip took a nerve-wracking turn.
One afternoon, however, she pulled into the parking lot and became slightly apprehensive. The lot was more full than it usually was, and fitting her car into a spot was going to prove to be challenging.
She finally settled on a spot, but when she pulled in, there wasn’t even enough room for her to open her door. So, Sydnee backed out to look elsewhere, and that’s when she gasped…
As she was backing out, Sydnee felt her car bump the vehicle next to hers. She immediately panicked as she had never been in an accident before. How exactly was she going to handle this?
She first needed to see just how much damage she caused. Luckily, her car was fine, but the other car had a scratch that left a black paint smudge on the bumper…
Feeling guilty, Sydnee wrote a note explaining what happened and left it underneath the other vehicle’s windshield wipers. She made sure to include her phone number so they could contact her for insurance information, but little did she know who she was leaving the note for.
The car belonged to Stuart Edge, and when it comes to the world of YouTube, many people know exactly who he is. He joined the website in 2012, and since then he has accumulated millions of subscribers and hundred of millions of views!
Of all the people Sydnee could have literally bumped into, it was someone who made hugely popular internet videos. If Stuart wanted to get even with Sydnee he had the means to do so on a global scale…
Unbeknownst to Sydnee, Stuart and his crew were filming nearby where she was shopping that day. Once they wrapped up a couple hours after Sydnee’s ‘accident’, Stuart saw the note and decided to get the camera back out.
Stuart read the note into the camera. He was in awe at how honest Sydnee was considering the mark on his car was barely noticeable. He met a lot of people in his life, but this note was clearly from someone with a kind heart, so he set out on a mission.
One of Stuart’s crew members suggested pranking Sydnee somehow. She thought they should play a lighthearted joke on the honest young woman and record it all for their next internet video — and they knew exactly what to do.
Stuart’s friend pulled out her cell phone and, pretending to be the owner of the car Sydnee hit, called her. Sydnee was so apologetic, and Stuart’s friend suggested they meet up to exchange information. This was where Stuart came in.
After agreeing on a nearby location, Stuart and his crew parked across the street, and saw Sydnee waiting alone at a table. Stuart sat down at the table next to hers, and the two started to chat…
Stuart asked Sydnee why she was there, and she told him how she hit a car in a parking lot and was waiting to meet the vehicle’s owner. After a bit more small talk, Stuart finally pulled out the big reveal.
Stuart told Sydnee the whole thing was a set-up! He pointed out the camera and told her who he was. Sydnee couldn’t believe it. To top it all off, Stuart gave her $200 just for telling the truth. But, Stuart’s not the only YouTube star who’s given away money for being honest…
Meet Joey Salads. His YouTube videos have garnered millions of subscribers as well, and one of his videos in particular deals with honesty. He had a very clever way of testing just how honest people were using a $100 bill, and the results were fascinating…
Joey meticulously placed a camera at the end of a sidewalk, and several times an hour, would run up to people asking if they had dropped the money. You’d like to think everyone said “no”, but few did. One man actually pulled out his wallet to try to prove it was his!
One by one, people would tell Joey the money was theirs while trying to come up with a convincing story. After a few minutes of their lies, Joey would finally point out the camera and tell them he was doing a social experiment about honesty. The lies continued for hours, until…
Joey approached a man walking his dog. He was covered in tattoos and wearing baggy clothing. Joey asked him if he lost the $100 bill, but the man immediately said no! After departing, Joey caught back up with him and gave him the money as a reward.
Both of these examples truly show us the importance of having an honest heart. In a world where everyone seems to be out for themselves, it’s a welcome relief to know there are still those who believe honesty is the best policy!
It’s a shame not everyone can display such honesty. If you ever have the chance to tell the truth, even when no one is watching, always take it.
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