I know what I would turn it in, but I know I’d want to keep it! Bismark Mensah, a Walmart employee, found $20,000 in a shopping cart when he was gathering them from the parking lot, and he returned it!
Because of his good deed, he was the winner of Walmart’s 2013 “Integrity in Action” award, according to the Seattle Times. Back in October when he was pushing carts, he found an envelope with the cash money inside. Sure the money would have done him a world of good, especially since he just immigrated to the United States from Ghana eight months prior.
Even though the money would have been nothing short of amazing to him, considering he works part-time at $9.05 an hour, but the money belonged to Leona Wisdom and Gary Elton, a couple who were putting a down payment for their new house. They didn’t want to wait for the check to clear, so they decided to make their payment in cash.
After Wisdom was packing up her car, Mensah noticed the envelope fall out of her purse.
“I run after them. I think somebody heard me and signaled for them to stop,” he remembers.
Mensah handed her the envelope.
“She was like, ‘Wow!’ Tears are coming out. She took some money and tried to reward me. I said, ‘No, no. I’m all right,’ ” says Mensah.
Wisdom tried to take him to dinner for his good deed, but Mensah turned it down. A reward of any kind wasn’t in his mind. Now he has moved up to working full-time at Walmart.
“In the parking lot, people chat, tell you their problems, you see that a person is not happy. I tell them, ‘God is in control. Everything is OK,’ ” says Mensah.
If you found an envelope full of cash, would you return it?
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