The domestic worker spotted a wallet on a street, picked it up and eventually returned it to the owner. Photo: iStock

A Filipina domestic worker earned praise and a reward recently when she returned a lost wallet she found on a street to a man in Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong Island.

Nilma Carigba, president of the South Cotabato Workers Association, said she was on the way to a clinic when she spotted a lost wallet full of cards on the street in Shau Kei Wan on October 16, sunwebhk.com reported.

She said she was afraid and nervous at first because she thought someone was playing a trick on her, but she noticed people around her just walking past. She picked up the wallet and went to the clinic to have her sugar level and blood pressure checked.

At the clinic, she checked the contents of the wallet and found a card with the name Isaac Lam written on it, along with a contact number. She called the number and asked the man who answered if he had lost his wallet. The man confirmed he had lost his wallet two days earlier.

They then agreed to meet him at the MTR station in Admiralty, where Lam insisted on giving her HK$300 (US$38) as a reward, even she refused a couple of times.

Nilma wrote about her experience on Facebook, saying she thought “it’s right and just to return the things which don’t belong to me.”

In return, the wallet owner shared Nilma’s post and praised her, saying “you are the best” on Facebook.

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