Posse Positive Person of the Week – Walmart Employee Making 9 Bucks an Hour Gives Couple Envelope with 20 Grand Inside [POLL]
Thankfully stories like this aren’t all that uncommon.
But living in the times we are makes us skeptical nonetheless.
You may remember the story a few weeks back of the homeless person begging for spare change found an engagement ring in his cup, apparently dropped in there by a woman who’s only intent was to drop some change in his cup.
So instead of running to the nearest pawn shop, he holds onto the ring and waits for its presumed owner, eventually returning it.
Good things come out of it; and the homeless person is eventually reunited with his family.
One could only hope the ending remains happy.
Fast forward to today with this week’s Posse Positive Person: a Walmart employee finding $20,000 in a dropped envelope (a la “Uncle Billy” in “It’s a Wonderful Life”) and giving it back to the folks who lost it.
Would you have been so quick to return the cash, or would the thought of finding 20 grand weighted so heavily on your mind that you’d had to have given it back?
And, probably more importantly, would you have taken the reward the owner was offering, or have turned it away?
A Walmart employee who makes nine bucks an hour found $20,000 in cash – and immediately returned the money to its rightful owners.
In fact, 32-year-old Bismark Mensah sprinted after the car belonging to Leona Wisdom and Gary Elton in the parking lot of the Walmart in Federal Way, Wash., in order to return the money.
“She was like, ‘Wow!’ Tears are coming out,” Mensah told the Seattle Times. “She took some money and tried to reward me. I said, ‘No, no. I’m all right.'”
Wisdom told the newspaper the cash was for a down payment on a house the couple was purchasing. They didn’t want to have to wait for a check to clear, she said.
The envelope containing the money had fallen out of Wisdom’s purse as Mensah was helping the couple load merchandise into their car.
Mensah noticed the bulky envelope in the cart as the couple was driving away. It had a window in the middle, so he knew what was inside of it.
But Mensah, who makes between $620 and $640 a week working in the parking lot and in inventory, said there was no way he would keep the money.
“My conscience wouldn’t allow it,” he told the Times. “I couldn’t even drive home if I did that.”
Mensah earned Walmart’s “Integrity in Action Award” for his generosity and quick-thinking in the October incident. Mensah was also recently rewarded with a full-time position after starting with the company in a part-time role after emigrating from Ghana in February of 2012.