Rattled by the encounter, Almazrouei moved to Portland, and not long after,
I don't want my money back."
Still, the encounter produced its own kind of rewards.
For Fortune, it was a lesson in cultural awareness amid the sometimes bitter national debate about immigrants,
especially from the Arab world. "I'm from a small, mainly white town,"Fortune said.
"I've never met a Muslim. He's a good man."
Almazrouei's lesson was perhaps more complex. Shortly after moving to the United States,
he’d had his own brush with crime. While standing on a street in Eugene, Oregon,
Almazrouei had been confronted by a man who punched him and told him to "go home."
he had his experience with the thief and Fortune's computer.
When a story about the two young men's encounter made it to the local papers,
Almazrouei received a call from Wim Wiewel, the president of Portland State University, where Almazrouei is studying economics.
Impressed with his student's integrity, Wiewel gave Almazrouei a new MacBook Pro.
"We thought since you gave back the laptop, we should give you a laptop so that you'll have one," Wiewel told him.
"We're very proud of you. It was a great story, but you did the right thing."