Vincent Omondi alias Vince dancer won the hearts of many early March this year when he picked up Ksh. 200,000 and returned it to the owner.
“TODAY IN THE AFTERNOON, OUR BUSINESS NEEDED TO TAKE THE DAY CASH TO THE BANK, IT WAS AROUND 4PM. LIKE ALWAYS, I PICKED UP A BAG, PLACED AROUND 700K IN, UNFORTUNATELY, TODAY, THERE WERE LOTS OF 500/200 NOTES SO THE STASH TOOK UP MORE SPACE THAN NORMAL.
EACH BUNDLED INTO 100K AS ALWAYS, PRESSED IN THE BAG AND HEADED ON TO THE BANK. ON THE WAY HOWEVER, THE ZIPPER ON THE BAG CAVED IN AND SPAT OUT 2 BUNDLES OF NOTES ~ 200K.
DIDN’T NOTICE IT, PROCEEDED TO CROSS THE ROAD FROM KIMATHI STREET HEADED TO KENYATTA AVENUE,” read a post by the owner of the cash.
The 28-year-old alumni of St Paul’s University, was an intern at Kenya Airways then got a job at a local supermarket but was later shown the door as part of the ongoing retrenchment exercises by ailing corporates.
Remember “Vince Dancer” The Man Who Picked 200k And Returned It To The Owner? Here Is What He Has Been Up To
He resorted to doing odd jobs in the city’s downtown areas, where he used to carry luggage for people.
“I thought probably the money was meant for school fees or maybe some medical bill. That is what came to my mind when I picked the money. I waited outside the bank as she deposited the money. People started milling around, most of them taking pictures and I took off. She wanted to know what she could do for me. I told her to take me to a rehabilitation home and maybe find me job,” said Vince in an interview with the nairobian.
His act of kindness saw well wishers take him to a rehabilitation center to fight his drug addiction and promised to help him. After five months, Vince dancer completed his stint in rehab but none of those who promised to help is yet to fulfill their promises.
Vince, an orphan, revealed that his mother succumbed to breast cancer in 2007 and a man he called dad one day told him via a text message that he wasn’t his biological father and his life changed totally.
“I was born in Siaya County. We later moved to the city. My mother unfortunately succumbed to breast cancer in 2007. Life was not easy. I later learned that the man I called my father was actually not my dad. He actually sent me an SMS telling me that I was not his legitimate son.”
Vince is back to hustling in the dusty and noisy downtown areas hoping that a good Samaritan will save him.
He stays with a friend in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area and he said on a lucky day, he takes home Sh300.
“Once in a while, I’m tasked with offloading fruits from Tanzania. I also clean shops. I am proud of what I did that day,” he said adding that all he is left with is hope that someone will help end his tribulations.