McDonald’s cash was a breakfast sandwich that should have never left McDonald's via the drive-thru window, but it did. When the franchise owner put the McDonald’s cash deposit from the night before in a to-go bag and left it on the counter near the drive-thru window pick-up, the inevitable happened, according to the Huffington Post on Dec. 5.
Along came a hungry couple who placed their breakfast order to-go and once getting their bagged fast-food, they went home to eat their first meal of the day. Once at home, instead of finding breakfast food, the couple found thousands of dollars in cash in the bag.
It was Greg Terry who opened the bag first and said to his wife Stacye, “you are not going to believe this.” The Tennessee couple was stunned to find this huge amount of money in a bag that was meant for take-out food.
Meanwhile back at McDonald’s, the unnamed employee discovered what she had done, which was handing out the bank deposit money to customers instead of their food. She was able to trace the couple to their home.
The Terry’s willingly returned the money, as they were just discussing getting back in their truck to bring the money to McDonald's when the McDonald's employee showed up. Did the couple even fleetingly consider keeping the thousands of dollars that just dropped into their laps? Stacye said:
It was "a fair amount of money. I could have gone shopping," but she laughed and while the thought might have quickly crossed her mind, as it probably would most anyone, she didn't think twice about it.
The McDonald’s cash was set up for deposit, and Stacye said, “"The second that he (her husband) said it was their deposit, my first thing was let's get in the truck and take it back. There is no other way to have it. I couldn't live with myself."
The Terry’s stressed that they hoped no one would lose their job over this mistake and they have every intention of continuing with their McDonald breakfast rituals.
Phil Gray, who owns and operates the McDonald's that doled out the cash in lieu of breakfast, said he was proud to live in a community where people do the right thing.
He is looking into the situation but he is more than likely going to change the practice of wrapping up the day’s proceeds in McDonald’s to-go bags. Chances are he will also keep the money in a more secured area where it can’t be grabbed and handed out like a bag of McDonald’s food.
Times are tough and with the holidays around the corner the money could have been handed out to someone who wasn’t as eager to do the right thing. What would you have done?
Some of the comments today on this story bring up some good points:
Ideation20 wrote: " I would have given them 40 free burger days. Good people. We got millions of them." This is something that would have been nice for the restaurant to do, maybe some free food as a reward for not keeping the money.
GoPony wrote: "So the management is even too cheap to buy a couple bank deposit bags?" It is odd that the money wasn't in bank bags, but instead wrapped up in to-go bags and left out on a counter. It sounds like this might be the person who put together the deposit's fault rather than the drive-thru employee.
Some folks seemed a bit skeptical about the couple's claim that they intended to bring the money right back to McDonald's:
LauraKY wrote: "So, they open their bag, see the money...and go HOME? They didn't immediately return the money because, let's see, it was "the right thing to do." BS, they thought they could get away with keeping it." While it sounds as if they found the money once they got home, they were still at home when the employee reached it is not reported that they called the restaurant to let them know of the mistake and that they had their money.
tills wrote: "Hmmm I'm sorry but would you not notice that a) the bag wasn't hot b) it did not smell of food and finally c) you would sneak a quick chip! To then drive home and then realize when somebody turned up reeks of " I hope they don't notice"
China Girl wrote: "They handed it back without a moments hesitation" ha ha. They weren't exactly rushing back to the store with it then if they had to be tracked down to their house."
Becky wrote: "They didn't give it back before they were called though. They wanted to get away with it."
There were actually quite a few comments along these lines. If the couple was going to return the money, what took them so long? The employee showed up at their door to get the McDonald's bag of cash and reports say they "handed it over."
The above quoted comments came from articles published on Huffington Post and the Daily Mail.