A cleaning woman at the Thunder Valley Casino near Sacramento, Calif., hit the jackpot when she found $10,000 in cash in the women’s restroom last week. But the lucky woman didn’t take the money and run. Instead, Meuy Saelee turned in the stack of Benjamins to her supervisor and got a nice bonus in return for her honesty.
CBS-13 in Sacramento spoke to Saelee about the discovery. She said she found the cash at around 2:30 a.m. in the casino’s high-stakes restroom. Saelee says she didn’t hesitate to do the right thing.
Upon giving the $10,000 to its rightful owner, Saelee was presented with a $500 thank-you.
The Web is full of stories of people doing the right thing when temptation strikes. Just a few months ago, an Austrian bus driver made headlines for returning a bag with 390,000 euros (nearly $510,000). Last October, a Vegas cab driver found $221,510 in the back of his taxi; he returned it and got a $2,000 tip. And in Singapore last November, a taxi driver found a bag with $900,000. When asked why he returned it, the man said, “The money is unimportant to me. It doesn’t belong to me, so how can I use it?”