Many young people these days might not even have known the days of DVD and video rentals, but they were a big part of life growing up for many people. Heading down to the local rental shop or booth and choosing a movie to watch for the night might seem primitive in these days of media streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, but it was a great way to pass the time and formed part of a fun tradition for many families and friends.
There was always an air of excitement around movie rental places as you and your buddies, or family members roamed around the aisles, eyeing up the various titles, covers, and descriptions to find a film that sounded like it would be a fun way to spend your evening, and for many people, renting a movie was a big part of their Friday night or weekend ritual.
Redbox was one of the biggest names in the rental business and made the act of renting movies even easier by essentially offering rental vending machines that let you choose a movie from a list of selected titles and merely make use of a touch-screen interface and simple payment systems to access your DVD and then place it back in the box when you were finished. When this woman went down to her local Redbox one day, however, she was in for a big and very unexpected surprise.
Something More Than Just A DVD
The story begins with a woman named Mrs. Robledo arriving at her Redbox machine to grab a DVD. She chose a film that sounded good and headed home, planning out the night ahead and looking forward to enjoying the show and spending a relaxing evening in front of her TV.
When she got home, however, she realized that there was something else in the DVD case along with the DVD disc itself. She opened it up and was astonished by what she saw.
A Mysterious Package Inside the Case
She could see that there was a bulge beneath the paper on the DVD case and realized that there must be something else hiding in there alongside the disc. She opened it up carefully, not knowing what she might find.
As she was opening up the case, a piece of crumpled paper fell out at her feet. When she picked it up, she was amazed to see that the letter was meant for her!
A Big Day for Mrs. Robledo
It had been a tiring day for Mrs. Robledo. She’d been working hard around the house doing lots of chores and daily tasks that had been building up throughout the week.
She’d also had to go out to her local San Antonio supermarket to buy some groceries, and that’s actually where she saw the Redbox machine and had the idea to grab a movie and unwind a little later that night.
Time to Pick A Movie
Part of the fun of renting a movie is checking all the different options and finding one that sounds fun to you. Back in the movie rental days, people made choices based on the DVD covers and description of the film, rather than having countless reviews to read.
Mrs. Robledo scrolled through the listings on the Redbox machine and finally made her choice. She paid her cash and grabbed the DVD case before happily heading home.
A Very Relaxing Night
After a long and tiring day, Mrs. Robledo was just ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy her film. Her body was tired from so much walking around, and she couldn’t wait to just enjoy some quality time.
She poured herself a glass of wine and prepared a bowl of popcorn ready to watch the movie she had chosen: Deepwater Horizon. She was all set to have a lovely night, but a surprise was waiting in store for her.
She Hadn’t Noticed Anything Strange
When she actually got the DVD out of the Redbox machine, Mrs. Robledo hadn’t noticed anything odd or unusual about it. She’d had a busy day and wasn’t paying too much attention to the box.
After all, why should she have expected to find anything strange in there? It was just a DVD rental case like any other. Or at least, that’s how it had initially seemed, but she was about to get a big shock.
An Astonishing Discover That Needed to Be Shared
When Mrs. Robledo saw that the DVD case didn’t just contain a DVD after all, she needed to share the unusual and surprising news with someone near and dear to her. Her first port of call was to phone her daughter, Elizabeth.
Mrs. Robledo spoke to Elizabeth about her day and this surprising thing she’d found inside the DVD case. She was so overwhelmed by the whole thing, she just couldn’t possibly keep it all to herself.
She Was Overwhelmed with Emotion
Mrs. Robledo was overwhelmed by the whole situation. In fact, she was so surprised and emotional by it all that she couldn’t even speak clearly! She started to stammer and stutter on the line to her daughter.
Elizabeth couldn’t really make out what her mother was saying at some points and kept asking her to calm down and speak more clearly. Eventually, she heard some very interesting words: “I found money in my DVD rental!”
A Decent Amount of Cash
Yes, it turned out that when Mrs. Robledo investigated the bulge in the DVD case and tried to see what was inside, she was astonished to discover that there were actually some genuine dollar bills sticking out from behind the disc!
She took a photo of the scene to send to Elizabeth and just couldn’t believe her eyes. Upon closer investigation she saw that the bills were all $20 each and there were five of them in the case, giving her an impressive total of $100.
Mrs. Robledo Starts to Worry
At first, Mrs. Robledo was excited and amazed at her discovery, but then the doubts and worries started to kick in as she began to wonder about why and how this money had arrived in the first place.
Why would anyone put such an amount of cash inside a rental DVD case like that? She wondered if perhaps it was some kind of late fee that needed to be paid to the company, or maybe it was for something else.
A Very Strange Evening
It had started off as just a typical night for Mrs. Robledo, but it had quickly turned into something very different. She never imagined that renting a simple DVD could have such dramatic consequences, and she couldn’t stop thinking about the money and why it was there.
It was a significant amount, not the sort of cash someone would just accidentally leave behind, and anyway she tried to explain it, the whole story seemed very suspicious and strange.
A Letter to Explain It All
As Elizabeth and Mrs. Robledo were talking about the money and trying to imagine where it might have come from, something else happened that changed the entire situation! Elizabeth, on the other end of the phone, suddenly heard her mom go silent.
All she could hear was the faint sound of paper rustling in the background. Suddenly, Mrs. Robledo’s voice came back on the phone saying “There’s a letter!” Perhaps this letter would explain the money.
A Friendly Letter from A Stranger
Finally, the moment had arrived where Mrs. Robledo and her daughter could find out the story behind this strange DVD case. Mrs. Robledo unrolled the crumpled up paper and started to read the letter, eager to see what it said.
The letter began very simply, starting off with a cheery “Hello!” before going on to say that the writer’s name was Marcos. Both Mrs. Robledo and Elizabeth couldn’t wait to keep reading and find out who Marcos was.
A Total Stranger Tells an Amazing Story
After reading the introduction to the letter, Mrs. Robledos and Elizabeth paused for a moment to see if they could think of anyone in their lives named Marcos. Perhaps the DVD had been put there specifically by a friend or someone they knew.
But no matter how hard they thought, they couldn’t think of anybody named Marcos in either of their lives, so decided to keep reading. By the end of the letter, Mrs. Robledo and Elizabeth were in tears.
Sharing the Story Online
Elizabeth was so touched by the story, she simply couldn’t stop crying after hearing her mother read out the full letter. Then, she thought up a fantastic idea! She quickly asked her mother to take some photos of the DVD case and the message and send them over to her.
M.rs Robledos, confused about her daughter’s intentions, dutifully obliged. She snapped a few photos and sent them over to Elizabeth, who then uploaded one of them to Twitter and made a post to share the story with the world.
Elizabeth Had A Special Plan In Mind
Elizabeth had decided to share the story with the world for a few reasons. Firstly, she hoped that maybe, by some crazy stroke of luck or coincidence, she might somehow be able to use the power of social media to get in touch with Marcos.
Her other reason was that she just wanted to share the story with the world and see the effect it had on people. Clearly, she’d been very touched by the whole tale and was desperate to take it further, so what had made her act so dramatically?
So Many Questions
The whole story seems so unusual and yet so confusing. Why had this man named Marcos taken the time to put $100 and a handwritten letter into a random DVD Redbox rental case? What were his intentions?
Was the whole thing just an accident or was it all planned out? Was it part of something more significant or only one man acting alone? What was the story, and why had it had such a significant effect on both Elizabeth and M.rs Robledos?
They Needed to Know More
Well, before they could think about answering any of those questions, Elizabeth and M.rs Robledos wanted to meet Marcos and find out more about his story. They needed to know him, to see him, and to communicate with him face to face.
Upon hearing her mother read the letter aloud, Elizabeth had truly been touched by the words on the paper and just knew she wouldn’t be able to rest until she’d encountered Marcos.
The Letter Tells Us All We Need to Know
So, let’s get back to that amazing letter and see just what it said and how and why it had such a dramatic effect on both of these women. Clearly, something extraordinary must have been written on that piece of paper.
Well, the letter written by Marcos was indeed an exceptional piece of text. It fully explained the presence of the five $20 bills and even instructed Mrs. Robledos on what she should do with the money.
A Wonderful Act of Kindness
As we know, the letter began with the simple words “Hello! My name is Marcos,” and then it started to explain the story behind the money and the random DVD case. It was all part of a fantastic act of total kindness and generosity on the part of Marcos.
He revealed that every month he took $100 of his own money and gave it away to a total stranger. For this particular month, he’d decided to get a little creative and hide the money inside a rental DVD case.
What an Amazing Guy
So it turned out that this was all just a completely random, selfless act of kindness from a very special man. M.rs Robledos and Elizabeth were simply blown away by the words they were reading.
Marcos continued by saying that the finder of the DVD rental case was actually the finder of his first giveaway for 2017. He then asked that they positively spend the money, adding that if they didn’t need, it then they could simply give it away to someone else who did.
The Story Goes Viral
Remember how Elizabeth had taken the time to share the story on Twitter? She hoped that the story would get shared around and allow more people to learn about what an amazing guy Marcos was.
She believed that such a selfless act of kindness deserved to be acknowledged and admired. Luckily, thanks to her efforts, the story went viral and soon there were thousands of people talking about Marcos all over the globe.
Thousands of People Spread the Word
And the story just kept getting bigger and bigger from there. At first, it had just a few hundred shares and likes, but then it started to get thousands, and then tens of thousands.
Before long, the Twitter post-Elizabeth had shared with the world had over 100,000 likes and more than 30,000 separate retweets. Everyone was talking about it, and everyone was amazed at Marcos’ generosity.
Someone Special Sees the Post
Elizabeth had secretly been hoping that her Twitter post might end up being seen by Marcos. At first, she simply sent the story out into the internet and hoped for the best, but as the likes and shares started to rise, she really started to hope that the man himself might see the story.
Well, a little while later, someone special did happen to see the story and decided to share it with her uncle. So, who was the uncle and why did he matter to the story?
The Reply They’d Been Waiting For
Finally, after waiting and hoping that they might be able to get in touch with Marcos himself, Elizabeth and M.rs Robledos got a great surprise. Elizabeth was scrolling through the comments on her Tweet when she saw one pop up that made her heart skip a beat.
This special message simply said “The internet is a small world! My niece saw your tweet in her feed and sent it to me. Glad I made your mom’s day!” Can you guess who wrote this message?
It Was Marcos
Of course, it was Marcos. His niece had been the one to see the story going viral on Twitter, so decided to contact him and let him know that tens of thousands of people all over the globe had been talking about him all day long!
It was he who had left the money in the Redbox rental DVD, and it was he who had written that wonderful letter that triggered such a beautiful, emotional reaction in Mrs. Robledos, Elizabeth, and countless other strangers all over the world.
M.rs Robledos Was One of Many
As the story started to unfold, and Marcos revealed more about his past and intentions, it turned out that Mrs. Robledos wasn’t the only one lucky enough to find one of his wonderful letters and donations in a DVD rental case.
It turned out that Marcos had been putting $100 and little letters in several other DVD boxes and leaving them around the city for different people to find. What a guy!
A Truly Amazing Individual
So it turned out that the random DVD case Mrs. Robledos had happened to select was just one of many, with other donations and kind letters just waiting all over the place for other people to find, all provided by Marcos himself.
A truly wonderful person, Marcos is the sort of guy who just likes to bright people’s days and makes them smile. In a world with a lot of selfishness and greed, he’s setting an extraordinary example for others to follow.
All About Marcos
Marcos’ full name is Marcos Campos, and you might be thinking that he must be a pretty rich guy to be able to leave such amounts of cash all over the city instead of using it to pay rent and bills, but the truth is very different!
In fact, Marcos wasn’t a rich man at all. He’d recently lost his job and was going through a tough time financially, but had still decided to keep on sharing kindness with the world and being a great person.
Marcos Starts to Explain
As the story went viral, several journalists and media outlets heard all about it and decided to get in touch with Marcos to find out more about his story and past. He revealed that he’d always been a generous and giving person.
He always liked to give things back and help people out in any way he could. In the past, he liked to pay off student lunch accounts but revealed he wasn’t able to afford to do that anymore as he could barely afford to pay his own bills.
Always Helping Those in Need
Just like a real-life superhero, Marcos is the sort of person who always tries to help people in need. He’d spent his whole life being generous and kind to others, even when they were total strangers.
On one occasion, he learned that a hairdresser called Janie Hernandez was getting cancer treatment but couldn’t afford to pay all her medical bills, so he decided to give her $100 to help out and also wrote her an inspirational letter, encouraging her to stay strong and positive.
Everyone Loves Marcos
Interviewers tracked down Janie and spoke to her about what Marcos’ gift had meant to her and how it had changed her life. She revealed that she’d been feeling lower than ever before, but that Marcos’ kind act really changed things.
She explained how his generosity lifted her spirits and gave her a renewed level of faith in humanity as she realized that truly good and wonderful people existed in the world. She wanted to do something kind for Marcos to repay him for his generous act.
Janie Starts to Plan
Janie wouldn’t rest until she’d done something for Marcos. She knew what a kind and generous guy he was and she knew that he deserved someone to pay him back for all the wonderful things he’d been doing, so she got in touch with ‘Cash for Kindness.’
This is an organization that aims to help people in need who do kind and good things. Marcos definitely fit this description, and Janie told the workers at Cash for Kindness all about his story. Together, they started to work on a surprise.
Time for Marcos To Get A Big Surprise
Marcos had spent his life surprising others and doing great things for them. He loved spreading and sharing happiness with the world, but he’d never been on the receiving end of such a gesture.
This time, however, that was all about to change! When he stepped into Janie’s salon one day, he was shocked as she approached and told him that something special was in store. She’d organized a very special thank you for all his kind deeds.
Marcos Gets What He Deserves
Janie wasn’t the only one in the room. Ryan Wolf, a Fox reporter and worker with Cash for Kindness, was also there and stepped forward to address Marcos. He revealed that he and his team had never seen anyone so kind and selfless as Marcos.
He asked Marcos to hold out his hand and then proceeded to place a series of $100 bills in it. Marcos was blown away as he counted up the cash and saw that he’d just been given $1000.
Marcos Couldn’t Believe His Eyes
Marcos soon burst into tears as the emotions of the day started to catch up with him. After losing his job, he really needed some cash to get by and was so overwhelmed to have such a nice surprise.
It was exactly what he deserved. He’s an amazing guy and has been a true inspiration to so many people. His story shows that random acts of kindness really do exist and gives us all a lot of faith in mankind.