That’s what happened the other day to a couple in Hermitage, TN, who thought they were just getting their regular breakfast order to go, but ended up with a bag full of money that was supposed to be deposited at the bank.
NewsChannel 5 in Nashville reports that a McDonald’s employee had placed the bag o’ cash near the drive-thru area and another employee, assuming it contained various breakfast foods, handed it to the customers through the drive-thru window.
“My husband opened the bag and discovered the money inside,” the wife tells NewsChannel 5. “He said, ‘You are not going to believe this.’ Sure enough, it was their bank deposit money.”
Before the couple had a chance to return the money themselves, the folks at McDonald’s realized the huge mistake and raced to catch up with the customers at their home, where they were happy to hand the cash back over.
“There is no other way to have it,” says the wife. “I couldn’t live with myself.”
The owner of that McDonald’s says he is looking into how this kind of screw-up could happen, and presumably telling his employees to not leave bags of cash hanging around, and maybe put them in something other than the eatery’s standard to-go bags.
“[W]hat is most important to us is knowing that we are part a community with the values that were evidenced by this person’s actions,” says the owner.
Last July, Taco Bell customers in Michigan went through a similar situation when they unwittingly drove away with a bag containing $3,600 in cash. Like the Tennessee couple, these customers had no problem returning the money to the restaurant.