What would you do if you randomly found $32,000 in cash?
One honest waiter at a Fresno, California-area Applebee’s who found himself in just that situation decided to return the money.
The $32,000 in cash had been lost by Erika Gonzalez and her mother, Berta, while they were running errands on Wednesday, reports the Fresno Bee.
Erika Gonzalez told the outlet that her and mother’s hearts “dropped” when they realized the money they intended to deposit at a bank had been left somewhere.
The money came from her father’s San Jose restaurant and from rental houses the family owns. Told that there were no safe-deposit boxes for the cash, the mother and daughter decided to run errands before heading to the bank.
On Thursday morning, after being unable to find out where the cash had been left behind, they called police. Turning what might have been a nightmare into a “good Christmas story,” as a police spokesman described it, the Gonzalez family was then told that an Applebee’s server had notified his boss that he had found a bag full of $100 bills. The money was returned to the family after they were interviewed.
The server’s identity remains a mystery since he told police he did not want any publicity.“He just wanted to do the right thing,” Carrie Hellyer, the local director for Applebee’s, told the Fresno Bee. “He’s a remarkable young man.”