A LIRR train conductor made a pretty incredible find when he discovered a bag full of diamond rings worth about $100,000 aboard one of his trains. While Jonathan Yellowday could have made off with the jewels without anyone being the wiser, he did the right thing and ensured the pieces made their way back to their rightful owner and everyone is applauding him for his kind heart.
Yellowday was shocked by what he found. According to NBC New York, Yellowday found the bag of 36 diamond rings during his shift on Thursday, April 22. He was operating the 6:11 p.m. train from Penn Station to Port Washington and couldn’t believe his eyes when he found the bag. “It almost didn’t seem real. I thought, this can’t be what it seems,” he said.
The jeweler was overjoyed to get the rings back. Turns out, the man had simply forgotten the bag when he got off at his stop. Needless to say, he was more than grateful to get the rings back. “‘I started searching the house, I thought I brought it home. I started retracing my steps and remembered I left it on the train,” the jeweler said in a statement.
Yellowday never even considered keeping the rings. After all, he believes in karma and doing the right thing. “‘[My mum] said, you know what, good karma is going to come your way. She’s a very religious person, and she’s all about what you put out there comes back to you,” he said.
He even got a commendation for doing the right thing. Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Phil Eng gave Yellowday a commendation for handing in the jewels, and the jeweler himself has offered Yellowday a craft piece of his choice to wear. That’s such a lovely gesture and a great way to thank the conductor for being so honest.
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