CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Our Everyday Heroes are som tremendous people doing amazing things, and this one is no different. What some call a small act of common courtesy, was so much more to the person who nominated him.
Matthew Chaplin goes to work every day making sandwiches at Rocco’s Italian Sausage, and making conversation outside of the Home Depot in West Ashley.
One of his regulars is Palmer Rivers, his friends call him Big Grip. Big Grip lost his grip on his wallet while eating on a bench outside Chaplin’s joint recently, and Chaplin came to the rescue.
“I got up as normal, and threw my stuff in the trash, got in the vehicle and drove off,” said Rivers. “Went home and found out I didn’t have my wallet.”
Chaplin downplays the heroics of it, “I thought to myself, hmmm, he was driving a long way, I hope he comes back for it,” he said.
He did, and to Rivers, Chaplin was the hero of the day.
“My whole life is in my wallet, and he saved my life in a sense,” said Rivers.
Chaplin credits his parents for instilling the morals to do the right thing.
“Doing the right thing is the only thing to do, and when it boils down to it, that’s really all it was,” said Chaplin. “I found a wallet, and I knew that he would want it back, so I wanted to make sure he got it back.”