A Paramin man has become the subject of widespread appreciation and applause after finding a bag containing thousands of dollars and returning it to the owner.
Earnest Constantine has been heralded by many on social media for his honesty at a time when the majority of news has been depressing.
“This is very encouraging, especially with so much negative news,” David Tardieu said on Facebook of his deed.
Farmer Cornelius Campbell had lost the cash meant to pay workers and support his family while organising his harvest recently.
“Normally, I does sell chive wholesale but it have one of the Fridays I received money for the past three weeks that I sold. I collected the money but in doing so, I took the money and I put it in a bag together with some containers and stuff like that on top the jeep, whether breeze blow and blow out the money inside a drain,” the farmer said.
Campbell said he was surprised by the 20-year-old’s action, especially since he is often looked down upon in the community.
“This young man end up calling me and when he call me he said ‘Rahee, I see some money in the road’. With my surprise, we collected all the money and I feel so so appreciative of that young man,” Campbell explained.
The farmer advised people not to judge a book by its cover.
Paramin farmer Cornelius Campbell.
D' Life of PARAMIN page.
Meanwhile, member of the Paramin Men’s Ministry Winston Eugene, who knew Constantine since he was a baby, said he knew he had a good heart.
The elder in the community said the young man, who depends on odd jobs daily to survive, just never got the opportunity to excel.
“It’s a young man who is struggling in society right now...what he showed there is just incredible,” Eugene said.
It’s one of the reasons why he shared the story of the noble deed on D’ Life of Paramin’s Facebook page.
The post now has over 1,000 shares and hundreds of comments.
“You have a blessed heart young man,” Eustacia Noel commented.
“Your character speaks volumes of the kind of young man you are,” Lydia Camp wrote under the post.
Apart from praise from the public, Constantine has received a tablet and money. He also got some job offers.
“He’s also a great role model for youths of his age group that you need to do the right thing out there and when you do the right thing, good things happen for you and to you,” Eugene said.
The Paramin resident, who returned to the community after living in the US for 45 years, said stories like these bring hope and that’s the other reason he shared the story.
“We are not lost as a country. Trinidad and Tobago is a beautiful country, it’s a land of beautiful people, caring people,” he said.