Workers Show Honesty Still the Best Policy

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What would you do if thousands of dollars unexplainably showed up in your bank account?  Or how about finding a bundle of cash in a lost wallet?

Two women found themselves in those situations recently and both chose to do the right thing.

Lynita Regis says she was "shocked" when she found $271,377.01 in her bank account.  In these touch economic times, it was tempting for the struggling single mom to keep the cash.

"It could change my life," Regis said.  "I would love to keep the money."

Instead, she alerted the bank of the error, and the money was given back to the rightful owner.

Regis has since paid her bills with her own money, and is now $3.00 overdrawn.  But she says at least her integrity is still intact.

"It's a struggle. We're human," she said.  "But a child of God's got to do the right thing even though I have nothing."

In Texas, a McDonald's worker Laurie Beneke recently found a wallet with nearly $2,000 and several credit cards stuffed inside.

"[That] $1,700 [would] pay for a whole lot of rent, and a whole lot of phone service, but it still didn't belong to me," she said.

The wallet belonged to business owner Todd Stinson.  When he realized his wallet was missing, he was understandably upset.

But Beneke had already safely locked the wallet up in the restaurant's office till its owner could come claim it.

"What if it was mine?  I would want my things back," she said.

"This had made me think that there is a lot of good out there," Stinson said.

He gave Beneke $250 as a reward for returning his wallet.

"There's good in the world and [there] are people of great character, perhaps even in the places where you would least expect it," Stinson proclaimed.

*Originally aired May 19, 2009

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