Yes in this time and era, total strangers who are honest people still exist. Very few though, but yes.
The other day I wanted to send someone money via M-PESA. So, I went to the nearest agent to deposit the amount that I needed to send. Still, it was a place I often go whenever I need to make a transaction or send money. As usual the agent attendant after asking for your number, they show it to you plus the amount you require to send typed on their phone before hitting send so that you can confirm for just in case but she didn't or I don't recall her doing so. While I was still standing there at the shop, a friend of mine happened to walk in and we started talking while am being attended to. So the agent attendant asked me for the money and I gave it to them then I did the necessary of signing.
Since it was in the evening and I was rushing somewhere, I left the shop without getting a notification on my phone about any money received. I don't remember the lady asking me to confirm my details but I reasoned that the message will come in later on my way out. I checked my phone to see if the money has come in my account but it hadn't. So I assumed there was a delay and didn't panic. When I got home, I decided to ask another M-PESA shop around if there were any delays just to confirm my assumptions but I was told there had been no delays the whole day. Then I started to panic and called my friend whom we had met at shop and asked them if they could go back and tell the lady attendant to resend my money since I hadn't received.
The whole night passed, nothing in my account. So the next day I passed by the shop to narrate my story only to realize I gave my number yes but with one digit wrong meaning the money was sent to someone else. Now the obvious thing to do was to call the person who received the cash and ask them to refund. So I call the number and a lady who sounded like 50 something years of age picked and I explained to her my story then without any fuss or hesitance she agreed to resend the cash back to me and she did!
I was so happy and grateful to the lady but then I realized that had it not been for my own honesty and integrity which I practice always, probably I could not have got my cash back. You see, good deeds begets good deeds and vice versa. I remembered how many times I had received cash that wasn't meant to be mine and I would always return back to the sender. You can only reap what you sow... because I had sown a seed of honesty and integrity it was my time to reap :-). So the next time you get an opportunity to express honesty and integrity, please don't forget it could be you next time and I believe you will do the necessary. You will be honest. Won't you?
Have you been in a similar situation? What did you do?