Alex Mikolevine returned to his Silver Lake home on Friday night when he realized that he had left his wallet atop his car after stopping at an Echo Park gas station. A nighttime search proved fruitless and Mickolevine had given up trying to recover the wallet when a pack of young bike riders showed up at his home Saturday afternoon. One of the riders, a young man named Eduardo, handed Mikolevine his wallet. The 10-year resident of Silver Lake said the incident made him feel so good about his community that he wanted to share his story. So, here it is:
Last night I bought some diesel at the station on the corner of Alvarado and Sunset. I was distracted and in a rush to get home to relieve the babysitter. I put my wallet on the roof of my car and drove off forgetting it was there. When I got home I noticed my wallet was missing, but I could not go out looking until my wife got home, an hour later. I hunted along Sunset from Alvarado west toward my house, but could not see a dark brown wallet in the dark.
When I got home, I started canceling credit cards, looking into getting a new driver’s license, etc.
This afternoon I am in front of my house unloading stuff into my garage and three young guys on fixie bikes roll up. They found the wallet in the bike lane on sunset and biked uphill 2 miles to my house to give it back. Everything was in it. Eduardo, who handed it to me, said he lost he wallet recently and this was ‘Karma’.
I had no cash for a reward, but I got Eduardo’s address and will be sending him and his buddies cookies, and a reward, to improve my karma too.