Erica Clark, a 19-year-old college student from Dilworth, Minnesota met her mom and dad for lunch at a McDonald’s in Moorhead, according to a Yahoo! News report, and when they separated to go on their way the young woman saw an envelope sticking up out of the snow just as she was entering her car. She said she expected to find the envelope to be no more than a piece of mail or something insignificant. When she looked in the envelope, however, she was shocked to discover $2,800 – the most money she’d ever seen in at one time.
After the shock of seeing 28 fresh one hundred dollar bills, she says she never had second thoughts about what she would do with the money. She returned it. She said, “I <was> like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I can’t believe somebody lost this much money. I couldn’t believe what they probably were feeling at that point.”
Clark quickly called her father and together they went to the Moorhead Police Department to turn in the cash. Tory Jacobson of the Moorhead Police Department said he hasn’t seen that large amount of cash turned into the police department during his 24 years with the department. He also said that it was a wonderful feeling to be able to take a police report like this and to deal with this quality of a person.
A Wells Fargo bank slip with a transaction number was also in the envelope with the cash. The officers used that information to determine the owner of the cash.
The man who lost the cash had withdrawn the money to buy a truck. He was reportedly frantic when he realized his money was gone. When it was returned to him, he was overjoyed, naturally, and plans to thank Clark personally for her honest actions.