Woman Found $15,000 on Her Way to Work And Returned It. And as a Reward, She Received Four Times the Money
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade, but if life gives you a $15 000 check, it’s wise to return it. That’s precisely what a kind-hearted woman did after stumbling upon a wad of cash on her commute to work. Diane Gordon, a Michigan resident, experienced car trouble and had been walking a total of six miles to work and back five times a week since then. However, good fortune smiled upon her when she performed an act of kindness.
On January 21 of this year, while walking home from work, she made a pit stop at a gas station to grab a snack. While there, something caught her eye on the ground — a plastic bag stuffed with a significant amount of cash, to be exact, $14 780. Diane Gordon, a grandmother of two, shared with the news station that when she flipped it over, she noticed there was even more money inside. Without hesitation, she immediately realized that the money wasn’t hers and that she needed to contact the police. «This doesn’t belong to me. I must call an officer,» she recollected telling herself upon discovering the large sum of money.
The officers were able to locate the rightful owner of the money promptly. Upon investigation, the officers found wedding cards with names written on them, which helped them return the cash to the couple who had tied the knot on that same day. Chief Dan Keller of the White Lake Township Police Department spoke to The Washington Post and expressed, «She didn’t hesitate; she didn’t question it. It’s not very often that someone comes across a large sum of money and willingly turns it in.» Although Diane Gordon, at 65 years of age, felt that she had done nothing exceptional by returning the money, she did tell the Post that she had only given back something that didn’t belong to her. Nevertheless, there was one person who viewed her act of kindness as something extraordinary: Stacy Connell, the wife of the police officer who attended the call made by Gordon.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the GoFundMe campaign set up by Connell had raised a staggering $ 66 000 for Gordon. This generous amount was sufficient to buy her a new green Jeep Compass from the local Szott Auto Group. In an interview with People magazine, Gordon expressed immense excitement and gratitude after receiving the car. She was thrilled to finally have access to luxuries like a steering wheel warmer and backup camera. Furthermore, she plans to offer rides to her co-workers to repay the kindness that was shown to her.