“Mommy, What If It was Your or Daddy’s Wallet?”

In August 2012, Haley Aubele noticed a purple wallet on a sidewalk while her mother, Marcy, was driving through downtown Irwin, Illinois. Haley insisted that her mother pull over and get the wallet and take it to the police. She said, “Mommy, what if it was your or Daddy’s wallet?” On 11 September 2013, Dan Wensel, acting Irwin police chief, presented Haley with a commendation signed by Irwin Mayor Dan Rose. Police Chief Wensel said, “Being a good citizen and putting themselves in that situation, they brought it to the police station. It’s nice to see parents teaching their kids right from wrong.” He added, “I was surprised they turned it over with things still in it. Anybody could have taken the money out and tossed the wallet.” Through an address on a photo identification in the wallet, police tracked down the wallet’s owner, a woman from North Huntingdon, who had lost the wallet while taking a walk. Marcy Aubele said, “That made me feel good that we’re teaching her [four-year-old Haley] the right thing. She wanted to carry it up to the police department.”

For Further Information: Amanda Diolasinki, “North Huntingdon girl, 4, honored for good deed.” Triblive.com (Illinois). 25 September 2013 


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