Fast food restaurants are a great way to get some quick, cheap food, especially when you’re on the road.
But one couple was horrified to learn that their trip to Wendy’s may have cost them $1,500.
Francis Humanick, a 74-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, had been saving up cash for seven months working minimum wage at a golf course. But the effort was worth it: with over a thousand dollars saved away, he and his wife, Peggy, now had enough to get some work done, including finally having their roof painted.
But when the couple took a trip to Orlando to see their granddaughter’s soccer tournament, Peggy decided to take take the pile of cash with them on the road.
“She didn’t think it was safe in the house,” Francis told WPTV.
So she put the cash into a handbag—one of many, as her husband often pointed out.
“I have too much stuff,” Peggy admitted.
“I have a bag for this, a bag for that.”
But then, all was nearly lost.
On the way back from Orlando, the couple stopped at a Wendy’s in Fort Pierce.
But after they left the restaurant and returned home, they were sickened to realize they had left the bag behind at their table.
They drove back to see if they could get the back bag, but assumed it was gone for good—surely someone would have taken the cash.
“My whole stomach disappeared,” said Peggy.
But luckily, an honest employee had found the bag first.
It was 19-year-old Matt Cureton, who was cleaning tables when he found the the cash-filled bag on the table. Following store policy, he didn’t even open it, and returned it to the management.
He says that these things happen all the time, and visitors are constantly leaving items behind.
“We’re a highway store, so everyone’s always in a rush,” he told WPTV.
But even though he was just following store policy, the Humanicks were incredibly touched by his honesty when they discovered their money had been returned.
They were so thrilled that they gave the employee a $100 reward.
“You hear so much terrible news,” Francis told the Sun-Sentinel.
“The moral of the story is we have good honest people here.”
Cureton was initially reluctant to take their reward money—he didn’t think he had done anything extraordinary.
“I just did what I would hope everyone would do in that situation,” he said. “If I lost my wallet I would hope someone would return it rather than taking from it.”
“I try to live by that standard—the golden rule.”
But his manager, Betsy Hersha, insisted he accept the money—she knew he had done something special.
“I hugged him, I told him I’m very proud of him, use the money on himself,” Hersha said.
“I told him ‘You did the right thing.’ In this day and age, a lot of people don’t do the right thing.”