Mark Trocchio was just getting his day started one morning in June when he stopped off for some coffee. Trocchio works as a shuttle bus driver in Massachusetts, and thought his day would be like any other.
He was wrong. As he walk up to a Dunkin Donuts in Cambridge, he found a wallet on the floor in front of the store.
Trocchio looked inside the wallet and found $8,000 in cash.
As he opened the wallet to look for some clues as to who it belonged to, he found a number of credit cards, IDs, and plane tickets. But what surprised him most was the massive wad of cash it contained.
“A ton of money in there, like a ton of money,” Trocchio told CBS Boston.
Unsure of what to do with the wallet, Trocchio continued inside of the Dunkin Donuts and saw a woman sobbing in the corner, being consoled by her two teenaged children. He had a hunch it belonged to her, but he wanted to make sure.
“I shouted out her name and she turned, and I knew it was her because I had her ID in my hand,” Trocchio said.
The woman was a tourist visiting from Georgia, and thanked Trocchio profusely.
The woman couldn’t stop thanking Trocchio for his kindness and honesty, and offered him a reward for its safe return. He declined the reward, and said he’d once lost a wallet while on vacation and knew what she was going through.
“Mine didn’t have $8,000 in it though, mine had about $8 in it,” he said through a laugh.
Trocchio, who had recently started working at TransAction Corporate Shuttles, was trying to keep a low profile. However, he received praise from the higher-ups when the woman called the company’s number to report his good deed.
“I’m ecstatic to hear that one of our employees did the right thing and exemplified our values,” CEO Cindy Frené said in a TransAction Corporate Shuttles’ blog post.
Trocchio’s greatest reward was his own satisfaction and evidence of personal growth.
The honest shuttle driver would be the first to admit there was a time he would have kept the wallet for himself. Trocchio is a former marine who has battled addiction.
He has been 17 years sober, and having the willpower and discipline to return a large sum of cash was encouraging to him personally.
“There was a time in my life when I would have never tried to give that back,” Trocchio said. “But I’m just glad I’m over that hump.”