When you notice suspicious activity in your bank account, you immediately grow concerned. Are you a victim of identity theft? Did something happen to you that you were unaware of? That’s what happened to Minneapolis, Minnesota native Peyton Haag, who realized five dollars was automatically being deducted from his bank account every week.
He doesn’t remember making a purchase of this kind. He was confused about these purchases. But when he found out he adopted a kangaroo, his reaction was priceless. How did this exactly happen to him?
On January 2, 2020, Haag discovered five dollars was deducted from his bank account. At first, the 22-year-old didn’t think much about the transaction because this was around the same time he renewed some subscription services, including Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more.
However, a week later, another deduction was made from his bank account. Haag knew something was wrong. He commented, “It was happening weekly instead of monthly, which is not normal at all for subscription services, so I tried looking into it.”
But what he found was something he probably never expected.
Adopting A Kangaroo
Haag discovered his weekly payment was going towards a wildlife and environmental group. It took a lot of digging, but he finally found a receipt in his email that read: “Thank you for your donation! Your sponsorship will go towards all kinds of animals in need, including this injured joey named Poppy.”
Suddenly, Haag was now the adopted father of a baby kangaroo who needed serious attention, especially during the height of Australia’s bush fire crisis in early January. But he didn’t remember making this purchase, so he finally came to the realization that this was a drunken “mistake,” but he prefers not to call it a mistake.
His Drunk Accident
Haag learned he must have made his purchase while being drunk on New Year’s Eve. But he’s not really surprised he decided to adopt a kangaroo since he loves the animal. He said, “I assume I was inspired to adopt a kangaroo that night as this was also around the time of the Australian wildfires were very bad.”
Haag realized he was also upset because he remembered his five-month experience studying abroad in Adelaide, Australia. He worked exclusively with kangaroos, helping to build a natural affinity to them. Haag said, “I am very attached to the country!”
In addition, Haag found a drunken note he wrote in his iPhone labeled “New Year Resoluteness.” The message read: “FLY TO POPDY!!!!” That’s when Haag fully realized he was drunk when he adopted Poppy, but he doesn’t regret it at all.
Making Additional Donations
Reviewing this donation, while sober, Haag realized the organization he had drunkenly chosen wasn’t sending all his contributions towards the animals, so he decided to stop his funding. However, he wasn’t ready to give up on helping kangaroos.
Instead, he decided to sponsor two different joeys. He has always had a heart for kangaroos, and he knew he could use his money to create a positive change. His act of kindness didn’t go unnoticed.
Haag shared his humorous, yet inspirational, story on Twitter, where it gained over 400,000 likes. He used social media to promote various charities and organizations (including the Kangaroo Haven Wildlife Rescue, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary) he recommends contributing to in a symbolic donation.
Twitter users reacted to the strange and meaningful story. One user (@sciliz) said, “These are solid defensible drunken choices.” Another user (@rusty619) commented, “I think this has got to be one of the funniest tweets I’ve ever read. I meannnnnn….”
Finally, the user (@toni_gon) said, “You’re a decent human being. Sends massive hug.” Haag felt this was the least he could do to help animals he loves. This wasn’t the worst decision he could have made while being drunk. It certainly paid off well, and it helped raise awareness for wildlife conservation. We’ll hop to that!
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