Cheng Yanxin, a 70-year-old street cleaner from Binzhou city, Shandong province was walking back home last Thursday with an envelope containing three months worth of salary. However, before he arrived home, he realized that his hard-earned 3,360 yuan had disappeared.
The elderly man searched and searched for his lost paycheck, but came up empty-handed. When Zhao Ping, a worker at a local restaurant that Cheng frequented, heard what had happened, she knew she had to find a way to help him get his money back.
Zhao quickly drafted up a post on WeChat including the exact amount that Cheng had lost. The post attracted quite a bit of attention on local WeChat circles and Zhao was bombarded with dozens of calls asking about how they could help.
A short time later, a man suranmed Liu walked up to Cheng and handed him back “his envelope” that he claimed to have found on the ground.
However, Cheng was not so easily fooled, noticing that the writing on the front of the envelope was done with a marker instead of a ballpoint pen.
Liu was forced to admit that he and his friends had chipped in the money themselves, adding an extra 600 yuan so that Cheng would have a little extra to treat himself with over the Spring Festival break.
Cheng accepted the generous donation, while he still hasn’t found his original paycheck, he said that he was incredibly moved by the kindness of strangers.
“There are so many good people in the world,” he said.
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