HUMANS OF THE U: BRENT PACKER

“I lost my wallet after riding TRAX one day. I didn’t want to accept that it was gone for good and get everything replaced. I had gift cards in there that I didn’t want to give up on. Almost four weeks later, I was riding the train when a woman sitting near me asked if my name was Brent Packer. I was thinking, ‘Who is this person, and how does she know my full name?’ But then she told me she had found my wallet. I almost didn’t believe her because it seemed too far-fetched. To me, that experience was the epitome of a coincidence. She was very apologetic that she had my wallet for so long, and she had even tried to return it, but I had moved from the address on my license. The first thing I did after I got it back was keep it in a safe place for a few days. When I started using it again, I wanted to get one of those GPS trackers you can keep in your wallet, but Santa didn’t bring one.”

— Brent Packer, U student

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