Couple Returns $10K Cash Found in Shopping Cart

'I'm just ever so grateful that there are people like that'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2016 4:58 PM CDT
Couple Returns $10K Cash Found in Shopping Cart

It's good to know 2016 hasn't killed good old American decency quite yet. The Auburn Citizen reports a couple who found nearly $10,000 in a shopping cart Monday in upstate New York returned the cash with absolutely no expectation of a reward. The cash—$9,800 in twenties, fifties, and hundreds—was left in a shopping cart at Tractor Supply Co. Sunday night. When the couple found it the next morning, they immediately turned it in to staff, finished their shopping, and left without leaving their names. Store manager Jeff Weltch says they're regular customers but otherwise he doesn't know them. On Monday, the cash's owner, an area restaurateur who didn't want to be named, called Tractor Supply to claim her lost envelope.

The woman had been shopping Sunday after work. She had to leave her windows down because her dogs were in the car, and she didn't want to risk having the envelope, which contained the week's cash receipts from her restaurant, stolen. She apparently forgot the envelope in the cart after one of her dogs peed in the car, distracting her. She was thankful for both Tractor Supply and the mystery shoppers who returned her cash. "I was in awe that anyone in this day and age would turn that kind of money in," she says. "I'm just ever so grateful that there are people like that that are still in this world." She says she'd like to find the couple to thank them. (Read more lost and found stories.)

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