A YOUNG father’s good deed has been rewarded after he returned $1,200 mistakenly given to him.
Gerrell McAllister has been inundated with generous donations after returning the large sum that was accidentally paid into his PayPal account.
The 28-year-old, father to a five-year-old daughter, said he got a notification from the money transfer service alerting him to the fact.
“It said, ‘You’ve got money!’” he told BuzzFeed. “So I’m thinking, ‘You’ve got jokes!’”
The funds were sent by 30-year-old Melissa Trusler’s father as a birthday present to help her with the sofa she recently purchased. McAllister noted returning the funds was painful, but he knew it was the right thing to do, despite falling on hard times since the death of his mother last year.
“To me, it was kind of a no-brainer,” Gerrell told The Independent. “I knew it wasn’t mine. Nobody would send that amount without knowing me.”
Melissa shared the story on her Facebook page, noting the mix-up occurred because her father had an old number. She thanked McAllister for reversing the payment and posted a message he wanted her to pass along.
“If you could tell your family and friends that a low-income 28-year-old Black man from Tacoma with a 5-year-old daughter returned your money,” he wrote, “I would find that helpful in improving race relations while reaffirming the dope ass culture we as Western Washingtonians have worked so hard to cultivate.”
After Melissa posted the message online,
strangers began sending money to his PayPal account to help him out in increments ranging from $20 to $100.
He said he hasn’t had time to check the his balance, but that he reads each note that comes with the arriving deposits.