After Stealing A Wallet, This Homeless Teenager’s Life Completely Changed
With the economy the way it is in the U.S. at the moment, many people have fallen on hard times. It’s not always easy to get by on your own, and sometimes you need help. While committing a crime is no way to improve your life, it actually paid off for one teen in particular.
Jimmy Gilleece, the owner of the aptly named Jimmy’s in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, had a problem when a female patron came into his establishment, frantic about a wallet that she had left that contained within it a very expensive ring.
Being the Good Samaritan he was, the bar owner went through previous recordings on video surveillance and found something very interesting. The woman did indeed leave her wallet in the bar, but it did not stay there. It was actually taken by a 17-year-old homeless teen known as Rivers Prather.
When confronted by Gilleece, who had become familiar with the boy, the teenager owned up to his misdeeds and admitted to taking the wallet. The problem was the kid has tossed it into a body of water. Enter superhero bar owner Jimmy, who with the help of some deep sea divers, found the wallet on the ocean floor.
Instead of feeling contempt for Rivers, Jimmy felt compassion for the teen.
“He was living in the woods, and this is when it was 30 degrees outside. And he hadn’t eaten in two days. I could tell he wasn’t a criminal. He was just somebody who needed a little help.”
And indeed he did. Jimmy moved the young man into his home alongside his fiancée and children, who have more than welcomed the young man into their home.
Rivers Prather now helps out around the bar for work, and once even returned a baby raccoon to its mother, after it managed to make its way into the bar’s garage.
Rivers’ story shows us something very important. If you need some help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.