An employee at a waste and recycling center in Misomer Norton, GB opened a box during his sorting work and found 15,000 pounds (about $20,000). The box had been left at the center by a couple who had just cleaned out a deceased relative’s home. The employee took the box and money to the staff. The staff went through the security footage. They tracked down the couple via their license plate. The police traced the license plate and found that the owners lived 27 miles away in Burnham-on-the Sea. The police interviewed the couple without disclosing what had been discovered. When the police were satisfied with their account, which aligned with the tapes at the center, the police returned the money to them.
When the couple learned about the money they indicated that they were not surprised because the relative was known for stashing cash around the house. The police praised the center’s staff: “Without their diligent attitude, integrity, and assistance, the family would never have known about the money found, and we would not have been able to return it to them, especially in time for Christmas.” The honest employee chose not to be interviewed and was said to be “having a well-deserved Christmas break.” Indeed. His actions give us all hope about humanity’s condition.
There is another moral to the story: Check the boxes for contents before you toss, donate, or dump.