It’s tough being a millennial in today’s society.
“Tch, young people! What’s wrong with you, too busy spreading avocado on artisanal toast beneath industrial lighting […] Whatever happened to old-fashioned values?”
While, at times, the criticism is deserved, one young millennial is showing older folks everywhere that the younger generations still have a lot to offer in terms of old-fashioned goodness!
Kameron Grigsby, a 17-year-old football player for Central High School in Beaumont, Texas, recently made headlines for an amazing, good-hearted deed.
The student, who works as a parking lot attendant at a local HEB grocery store, is used to finding things that have been left behind by customers.
He recounts examples to 11Alive, saying, “The phone was a the front of the cart, you know like they were waiting to check out and forget to grab it.” Another time, “the purse was in a bigger basket at the bottom, one of the kids must’ve dropped it or something.”
Despite the temptation of stealing, Kameron is a good-hearted individual and always immediately turned the items in to his manager— including a wallet with $1,500 that could have easily been kept for himself.
The football player tells 11Alive, “I turned [the wallet] in. My first mind was this could be somebody’s bill money, car note, house or mortgage.”
Kameron’s football coach trains the young players to make tough decisions, a skill which the young man carries into his everyday life.
In an interview with 11Alive, he explains: “You can always do the right thing, like our coach says, the right way. You don’t have to always go astray. Stay on the right path and stay focused.”
Readers Digest used a similar setting to examine honesty around the world, leaving wallets in popular towns and counting how many times they were returned.
Although a few places stood out above the rest in terms of honesty (such as Finland, Mumbai, and New York), the authors were quick to note that “age is no predictor of whether a person is going to be honest or dishonest”— something that should be remembered should you feel the urge to start knocking the younger generation!
A believer of karma, Kameron has no regrets about returning the large sum of money, telling 11Alive:
“I always believe you get it back three-fold.”