He wanted to make an example for his daughter, as well as reverse the stereotype. “Returning the money hurts, but it’s the right thing to do.”
TACOMA, WASHINGTON — The man’s name is Gerrell McAllister, 28. He’s a cashier at a natural pet store, as reports Buzzfeed.
According to the source, McAllister is an awesome father to his 5-year-old daughter. In accordance, his most recent act was one of valor, honesty, and which his daughter will remember for years to come.
An everlasting example…
The source reports that the man was asleep when he received a PayPal notice to his phone. He mentioned as follows.
“It said ‘You’ve got money!’ so I’m thinking ‘You’ve got jokes!”
However, when he checked his actual account for the money, it was really there. All $1200.
McAllister immediately woke up and started freaking out. Yet, he had no idea from whom the money came.
Well, the money came from 30-year-old Melissa Trusler’s father, Alan.
According to Buzzfeed, her father was sending the money “as a 30th birthday gift to help her recoup the cost of a new couch she recently purchased.”
But instead of sending it via her email, he used her phone number — which happened to be her old number.
Now, McAllister has the old number, thus also the money.
Lesson: Never send money transactions by phone number.
Anyway, McAllister said he instantly returned the money as a full refund. With the return, he added the following note.
“Returning the money hurts, but it’s the right thing to do. Tell her I said happy birthday! I’ll try to fix the problem on my end so it doesn’t happen again. Take care.”
McAllister says he returned the money due to the values his mother taught him; moreover, he wanted to set an example for his daughter.
Trusler’s dad surprised about return…
Honestly, I would’ve been surprised as well nowadays, regardless of who received the money.
Nevertheless, the source mentions that the woman’s father was shocked to see the money returned so quickly, and he thanked McAllister just as rapid.
In another message to the Truslers, McAllister only asked one thing of them. It was as follows.
“You’re so very welcome! But if you could tell your family and friends that a low income 28 year old Black man from Tacoma with a 5 year old daughter returned your money, I would find that helpful in improving race relations while reaffirming the dope as$ culture we as Western Washingtonians have worked so hard to cultivate. And that, in turn, would help me to stop kicking myself in the a$s for remaining morally sound through the tough times my family and I are experiencing at the moment, lol. In short, share the story, spread the love. Thank you.”
He elaborates to Buzzfeed that Tacoma, generally, gets a bad rap concerning its residents.
“Tacoma has a reputation of being lower class and untrustworthy,” says McAllister. “But we’re not bad people.”
Doing that AND some…
Well, the Truslers did as McAllister wished. However, their friends wanted to do more for the young man and his daughter.
For his honesty and integrity — call it Karma — they began to donate to his PayPal account via the old number. Some even donated upwards of $100.
There are plenty others.
He says their kind messages (as well as monetary gifts) have been therapeutic.
You see, McAllister and his family just lost his mother.
So, things have been quite rough lately around the way.
However, while in this emotional place, he wants all of his contributors to know how much he appreciate each of them.
“To be honest I haven’t checked my PayPal since that day,” McAllister elaborates.
He admits that “he doesn’t know how much people have donated thus far,” notes Buzzfeed.
“I want to try to message everyone back individually to say thank you. I don’t want the money to detract from that. I don’t want that to dilute the intent.”
McAllister is quite the noble man, for sure.
Unfortunately, not everyone would’ve given the money back…
Some probably would’ve asked such questions as, “Why doesn’t the father have the woman’s new number?”
Who sends money without verifying information? And if he has the new number, why is he still sending to the old number?
Actually, McAllister says this isn’t the first time funds were sent to him from her dad. He recalled a time he received $55. Yet, he also returned that as well — prior to the $1200 deposit.
How’s the saying go? “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…”…well.
All in all, it’s a wonderful display of integrity on McAllister’s part. Likewise, a great showcase of community support by the Truslers and his donors.
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