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McDonald’s cash is not being given out for free, but a couple from Hermitage, Tenn., did find an accidental McDonald’s bag of cash in their take-out order instead of a usual breakfast sandwich. Upon finding the plastic wrapped bills in the bag, the ethical husband and wife soon decided to return the thousands of dollars sans any public hassle, the Huffington Post announces this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

The McDonald’s bag of cash seems to have been a mistake on the part of a McDonald’s employee, who accidentally mixed up a bank deposit with the couple’s — Greg and his wife, Stacye — breakfast food order. Only a few minutes after they got home and opened the bag, both people realized that their local fast food joint had to have made a big mistake. Without any hassle, the two decided to return the money to the restaurant.

“It was just the right thing to do,” said Greg to the town’s news station later that week on the McDonald’s cash (unknowing) giveaway.

Apparently, the stuffed bag of bills was the restaurant’s income that week, and the cash was intended to be deposited at a bank later that afternoon. However, it seemingly got too close to the drive-thru, and the McDonald’s cash was switched with their food order. The ethical couple didn’t need any convincing to return the money, though. They said their moral compasses wouldn’t let them live with it, anyway.

After returning the McDonald’s bag of cash, Stacye Terry said:

"Although it was a fair amount of money and I could have gone shopping … the second that [we knew] it was their deposit, my first thing was let's get in the truck and take it back," Stacye Terry said. "There is no other way to have it. I couldn't live with myself."

The company offered this statement of thank you for the return of the McDonald’s cash without a hassle after the employee's accidental handout:

“We are grateful for this customer and the action they took upon realizing out error. We are looking into why this mistake happened, but what is most important to us is knowing that we are part of a community with the values that were evidenced by this person's actions.”

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