Jarrid Wilson and his wife Julianne were at the Farmer’s Market one Sunday afternoon, when he saw a stray wallet that had clearly been forgotten.
Wanting to turn it in, Jarrid looked inside—but found no identification. Instead, there was $600 in cash, and something a bit unusual: All the credit cards were in Japanese.
His first though: “This is terrible.”
The couple figured the wallet’s owner must have been a tourist, because of the foreign credit cards. And this person was walking around Nashville without any money.
“We’ve got to try and find them,” he told Faithwire. “Both my wife and I realized very quickly that this $600 could be the make or break for someone’s rent, car payment, food or many other things we need in life. It’s not a small sum of money no matter who you are.”
He knew they needed to return it.
But then his wife had an idea.
“This might sound weird,” she started, “but let’s ask the first person we see that looks Japanese if they can read the information on the wallet for us before giving it over to the lost and found.”
Jarrid agreed, so they began their search. They found a group of Japanese people sitting near the farmer’s market, and approached them to explain they’d found a lost wallet with no English language identification.
The people told the couple they were Japanese, but none of them had lost their wallets.
Jarrid decided not to let the opportunity go, however, and took another look in the wallet.
“Are any of you Jin Yumanano?” he asked.
The oldest gentleman in the group shouted “Yes! Yes! That’s grandpa Jin’s wallet!”
It turned out that the group of people knew exactly who the wallet’s owner was and why he was in town.
Jin Yumanano was in his late 80s and was visiting family and performing at the Nashville Cherry Blossom event in Tennessee. But he had no idea he’d dropped his wallet, and he was set to fly back to Japan the next day.
The group helped Jarrid and Julianne return the wallet to Yumanano, who hugged Jarrid with tears in his eyes. “No words, no words,” he said.
“Honesty is key,” Jarrid wrote on Facebook, sharing the encounter.