Good Samaritan hands out $100 bills to bus passengers

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Some CityBus riders got an unexpected Christmas gift in the form of $100 bills.

It happened in front of the CityBus Center on Third Street in Lafayette at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. A man boarded a CityBus and handed out 13 $100 bills to the driver and the passengers. Along with the cash was a note asking each recipient to do something nice for someone else next Christmas.

The driver of the bus, Michael Pattengale, said he was glad to witness such generosity toward strangers.

“I wish there was more of it. Not necessarily giving money, but just something to keep your spirits up and keep them moving,” Pattengale said. “And keep you wanting to help others because I think we forget to sometimes.”

Pattengale said he intends to do as the letter asks and pay it forward next Christmas.

“Next Christmas there is going to be somebody that doesn’t know me get some help,” said Pattengale. “I will see to that.”

Pattengale also said he was thankful. He added that the man who gave out the money wished to remain anonymous. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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