Man saves day for retiree who lost wallet full of cashPosted: Updated:
CHANDLER -- We have a "feel good" story you won't soon forget.
This is a good story anytime, but seeing that it's the holidays, well, it just makes it even more perfect.
As you know, 3 On Your Side has a pretty good track record of stepping in and helping out folks in need. But sometimes it's you, our viewers, who step in and make things right.
Craig Giblin, who goes by Gibby, and Dorothy Block are complete strangers and although they don't know each other, it's unlikely they'll ever forget one another.
"Well, our paths never crossed until now," Block said.
Their two paths actually did cross. In fact, they crossed recently just outside a grocery store parking lot in Chandler.
"It was a typical day," Giblin said. "I had just went to the grocery store."
But Giblin's typical day was about to change when he walked out of the store and spotted something.
"I was driving away and I saw what I thought looked like a wallet in the middle of the road," he said.
As it turns out, it was a wallet, but what was inside, Giblin was not expecting to see.
"To my surprise, there was a pack of money about three-fourths of an inch thick, so I knew there was a lot of cash," he said.
There was a lot of cash, all right. Giblin says he realized whoever dropped the wallet with all that money must have just withdrawn all of it from this bank inside the grocery store.
So, Giblin says he walked the wallet and the cash back inside and went to the bank teller.
"I found this and I'm assuming this is a large wad of cash," Giblin told the teller. "He looked at the name and said, 'Oh my gosh, that's Dorothy, she was just here and withdrew $6,000.'"
Yep, $6,000 -- money that Block had withdrawn at the bank but accidentally dropped when she was in the parking lot.
Block says the $6,000 was basically her life savings.
"I worked 15 years at Dillard's and I retired at 81 and I would put a little bit of money away until I had a little bit saved for my retirement," she said.
Block says she didn't even realize she had lost the money until the bank called her.
"My heart went down to my knees and I thought thank the Lord for an honest person," she said.
Even the bank's manager says he couldn't believe what had just happened.
"I was shocked and relieved," said BBVA Compass Manager Brian Lyding. "Shocked there was a person honest enough to return the money and relieved that Dorothy would be getting it back."
And even though all $6,000 was returned to Block, she never did get a chance to meet and thank the person who found it -- until we brought the two of them together.
"I was glad to meet him, I've been wanting to meet him," Block said.
"It feels good in my heart to be able to see the look on Dorothy's face now that I finally met her," Giblin said.
And although Giblin says he could have taken the money, returning it was his only option.
"It's the right thing to do, I didn't even think about it," he said. "I'm no hero or anything like that. I just did the right thing."
"I just thank God every day, thank God for Gibby," Block said. "There are honest people out there."
Block says she never withdraws a large sum of money like that, but says she needed it for a family member.