With all the uncertainty going on around the world right now, it’s always encouraging to read a story that will restore your hope in humanity. This one about former Kentucky Wildcat Wenyen Gabriel is a great one.
Dwight Jaynes of NBCSnorthwest told the story of Gabriel’s experience with an Uber driver and the acts of kindness that followed from both sides.
Earlier this year, before COVID-19 forced the cancelation of everything in the sports world, Gabriel left his wallet in an Uber and didn’t realize it until the driver was gone. Despite multiple attempts to contact the driver through Uber, the app was having issues and Gabriel couldn’t make contact.
The story states that the driver, Jon Barnard, found the wallet and returned it to Gabriel by taking it directly to the location he dropped off the Portland Trail Blazers forward.
Gabriel insisted that Barnard take at least $100 for finding and returning the wallet, but Gabriel’s kindness led to a much larger gift when Barnhard needed it most.
When COVID-19 hit, all Gabriel could think of was Barnard and him being at risk while driving Uber. Gabriel deposited $2,500 in Barnard’s personal account, enough money that he hasn’t had to put himself at risk driving Uber during this time.
I encourage you to read the full story that includes quotes from both Gabriel and Barnard at the link below.
— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) July 14, 2020