A waiter in Applebee’s in Central California turned over $32,000 in cash that a family left behind at the table. He returned the money, which far exceeds his annual salary, ‘because it was the right thing to do.’
Brian Geery said he found a canvas pouch at a table in the restaurant where he works in Fresno after a family finished eating, and noticed a rectangular shape inside.
He showed the pouch to his manager, who suggested it might contain medicine, and at his boss’s suggestion Geery opened the pouch to check.
The rectangular shape was in fact a stack of bills. ‘I couldn’t believe it, I’d never seen so much cash in my life before,’ Geery said.
Carrie Hellyer, Applebee’s regional director, said Geery declined a reward from the family, and initially withheld his name from media outlets wishing to cover the story.
‘He just said that he did it because it was the right thing to do and he didn’t want the right thing being overwhelmed by anything else,’ Hellyer said. ABC 30 reports.