What’s a proper reward for good deeds?

What’s a proper reward for finding a wallet with more than a thousand dollars in cash, credit cards, and important travel papers?

In New Hampshire, plow driver Adrian Pouliot found such a thing at the Gunstock Mountain ski area, the Manchester Union Leader reports.

He never looked inside the wallet, but instead turned it in to authorities immediately, according to Pouliot, who until recently had been out of work for a year.

The European tourists gave him $30 for his trouble.

Not surprisingly, Pouliot isn’t fazed by the meager reward.

“We have instilled (in his children) small things, like if we see a homeless guy at a supermarket, we’ll give him a buck or two or a bottle of water or an apple,” he said. “It’s so they’ll know that other people have it worse than we have it.”

As one might expect, the comments section of the newspaper article is worth making a bowl of popcorn first before reading.

(h/t: Adam McCune)

  • John P.

    It seems to me that if you expect something for doing it then it does not really qualify as a “good deed” any more, but a job. A good deed needs to be done just because it helps someone else. That’s the definition we passed on to the Boy Scouts. It sounds to me like Mr. Pouliot had the right motivation.