If you’ve ever lost something that’s of value to you, you’ll know how distressing it can be. There’s nothing worse than that sinking feeling of checking for something where you suspect it’s meant to be, only to find an empty pocket or a missing item in your bag, closet, or cupboard. While it’s one thing to lose something at home, it’s an entirely different saga altogether when you’re in transit. When Hunter Shamatt lost his wallet on a flight, he had given up all hope of finding it again. Thankfully, Hunter managed to make his way home, but what he woke up to the next morning would change his life forever!
A Wedding In Las Vegas
There’s nothing worse than that sinking feeling of knowing you’ve misplaced or lost something. It’s even worse when that thing happens to be your wallet! When Hunter Shamatt lost his wallet on a flight, he was in for the surprise of his life.
Las Vegas is a well-known wedding hotspot, and that’s exactly what brought Hunter down to Vegas from South Dakota. His sister was getting married to her long-time fiancé and he wanted to be there for her.
A Memorable Night
The wedding couldn’t have been more perfect. The guests had all arrived on time, the ceremony was wonderful, and the after-party was a whole lot of fun.
Hunter was happy that his sister had found a husband and that he could be there to congratulate her on her special day. As the night went on, the whole family wound up having a lot of fun and needless to say, everyone had a little to drink as well.
The Flight Home
Due to the fact that Hunter had arrived at the wedding a little late, he had to take his own flight down. Because he had not flown down with the rest of his family, he decided to also fly back alone, as buying a round-trip ticket was cheaper than two separate ones.
Having arrived at the airport feeling a little groggy from the celebrations in Las Vegas, he just wanted to board, sleep, and wake up when he landed again.
As soon as Hunter boarded the Frontier plane, he headed for his seat. After stowing his hand luggage in the overhead compartment, Hunter slumped down into his seat – row twelve, seat F.
Being as tired as he was, it didn’t take long for him to begin falling asleep. After the plane took off and was at cruising altitude, Hunter quickly fell into a deep and comfortable sleep. The flight was uneventful and upon landing, Hunter finally woke from his slumber, stretching and ready to disembark.
Empty Seat, Missing Wallet
Hunter was feeling dazed as he stood from his seat, stretched again, and reached for his overhead luggage. Not really paying much attention to his surroundings, Hunter slowly made his way out of the airplane.
The flight had been quite full, so once he fell into line to exit the plane, he was largely stuck in the flow of traffic. As he made it to the exit of the plane, he thanked the crew and disembarked to enter the airport.
As Hunter made his way to the next boarding gate, he checked his pocket for his wallet. It had been 30 minutes after he left the plane and he hadn’t bothered to check yet. He fumbled around his pockets, then his bag, but could not find his wallet.
Then it dawned on him. He had left it on the plane. Hunter started to panic, getting worried now about his chances of making it home without having the necessary documents to board the next flight home.
Trying To Get Home
Having realized that he was now stranded in the airport, Hunter started to get worried. He tried to board the next flight with only his ticket but was promptly pulled aside.
He couldn’t prove who he was and the airline was suspicious of him. They pulled him aside and interviewed him for over an hour in order to find out if he was who claimed to be. All of this was delaying his flight home – which was the only place he wanted to be.
After being interviewed at length by two of the airline’s agents, Hunter was eventually cleared to catch a flight home. While he was relieved to finally be heading home, it was a sort of hollow victory.
He had spent most of the flight home worrying about the lost wallet. He realized he must have left it on the plane – but would it be safe? Could someone use the documents inside against him? For now, though, he quelled these thoughts – just being glad to get home at last.
After arriving at home, he didn’t even bother trying to call the airline again to see if he could secure his wallet. He was tired and fed up, so he decided to go to sleep almost immediately.
Hunter had been disappointed about losing his wallet but was ultimately grateful to be home at last. He figured he could try to find the wallet or at least track it down later the next day. But when he awoke the next morning, he found a strange package awaiting him…
What could It Be?
When Hunter had sleepily awoken that morning, he went through his usual routine. After making some coffee he opened his front door to take a look at the world outside, and figure out what he was going to do regarding his missing wallet.
As he opened the door though, he noticed a box lying on the floor in front of his house. He picked it up and examined it. The box was addressed to him. But who was it from and what was inside?
A Familiar Wallet!
As Hunter brought the box inside, he quickly placed it on a table and began to unwrap it. As he opened the box, his eyes could not believe themselves – his wallet!
Of all the things that could have happened, Hunter never thought this could happen. Upon examing the wallet he could only exclaim “No way! No way!” Hunter couldn’t be happier. As he looked through the box, he found a piece of paper that caught his attention. It was a note from the sender…
Hunter was overjoyed! What had previously been weighing down on him like a weight had suddenly become one of the most surreal moments of his life. The wallet was in perfect condition – almost as if it had never left his pocket in the first place.
At first, Hunter assumed that the wallet had been retrieved by the airline and sent to him directly. However, the little note found in the box would soon uncover something else about the parcel and the sender.
As he opened up the letter, he scanned its contents. It seemed as though Hunter had a mystery guardian. The letter had not been signed with any name or address, but declared that the sender had found Hunter’s wallet.
It also claimed that when he discovered its contents – $60, a paycheck, and his license – he decided to round off his total amount of money to $100 so that Hunter could celebrate once he received the wallet. Hunter couldn’t believe what he was reading!
At this point, Hunter was overjoyed. Not only had he received his wallet, but he had also received an extra $40 in cash. But who on earth would go through this much trouble for a complete stranger?
At this point, he realized that it could not have been sent by the airline – someone else must have picked it up. Either way, at this point, Hunter’s faith in humanity had been restored – but who could the mystery sender be? They didn’t leave much in terms of evidence…
The Mystery Letter
After counting the money and realizing that instead of his original $60 there was indeed a total of $100, Hunter was left scratching his head.
While he was indeed incredibly grateful to have been so lucky, he could only wonder why someone would do this for him. He reviewed the contents of the letter again. It wasn’t very revealing, but it was quite uplifting. But Hunter wasn’t satisfied because he wanted to know more about who had sent this letter in order to thank them.
PS: There’s More
When Hunter first noticed the money, he believed it must have been an accident. After reviewing the note a few times, he realized that it was intended. The sender added a PS to the letter that claimed the money had been sent as a gift.
Whoever had sent the letter clearly wanted to make Hunter feel ecstatic about receiving his wallet again, and hoped he would use the money to celebrate the event! Hunter really didn’t know what to make of all of this.
Who Is TB?
Hunter was left scratching his head. Would he have gone to so much trouble to send someone’s wallet back to them? Even if he did, would he have put an extra $40 in their wallet?
He was really perplexed but incredibly grateful nonetheless. But he felt as though he couldn’t let the story simply end here. He wanted to know more. The letter had merely ben signed “TB.” Who was this? Hunter didn’t know, but he planned to find out!
To The Internet!
After telling his mother about the incredible thing that had happened, she was just as surprised as Hunter. Also having feared that the wallet was lost, she had given up hope while he was at the airport.
Being the kind of mother who raised Hunter to always say thank you, she decided that she would help him find out who the mystery sender was. It was a matter of principle. She made a post on Facebook that was quickly picked up by a lot of people…
Neither Hunter nor his mother had expected to receive a package like this in the first place. On top of that, none of them expected the kind of response that they got from the internet either!
The response was overwhelming and people from all over the world liked, commented on, and shared her post. People were really touched by this random act of kindness and felt compelled to share the experience with this humble family from South Dakota.
After their message had been spread across the internet, they were eventually lead to the mysterious source of the package’s origin. After a little investigative work, Hunter and his mother realized that the parcel had been sent by a man named Todd Brown – hence the initials.
Brown lived in Denver, Colorado and was obviously quite a humble person, as he decided not to leave his full name. Feeling excited that they had found him, Hunter and his mother reached out to Todd.
There were so many reasons that Hunter was grateful. First of all, receiving his wallet out of the blue when he thought it was gone forever was a huge relief, and on top of that, he couldn’t get over the fact that a perfect stranger had been so kind to him.
The timing couldn’t have been better either. Hunter was busy paying off a car loan and a student loan, so having lost his wallet would have set him back on his payments.
A Little Goes A Long Way
Because Hunter was working hard to make ends meet, every dollar he earned or lost meant a lot to him. Having come from a reasonably modest family, he couldn’t simply expect his parents to bail him out whenever he wanted them to.
Even though they could afford to, they had wanted Hunter to learn the value of being financially independent early on. So when he received the extra cash in his wallet, he was grateful because every penny counted!
A Kind Stranger
Hunter reached out to Todd. Once he made contact, he thanked him profusely for his good deed. Todd said it was just something he felt he needed to do and didn’t expect any thanks in return.
The internet had also taken very kindly to Todd and many people had their faith in kindness restored. Todd Brown and Hunter Shamatt were perfect strangers who become involved in an amazing event. Hunter will never forget this day for the rest of his life – nor will Todd, for that matter.