A McDonald's cash switch-up had a couple being given thousands of dollars in clear plastic bags instead of their food order this week. The Terry family went in to a McDonald’s drive-thru in Tenn. for a pick-up breakfast when they received the mistaken bag, but decided to be good citizens and return the money, which turned out to be a bank deposit error, Yahoo! News confirms this Thursday, Dec. 5.
The McDonald's cash surprise came about when Greg and his wife Stacye Terry happened to return home with their McDonald’s breakfast order bag only to discover that it wasn’t food inside. Instead, thousands of dollars packaged in clear plastic bags were found inside.
The money was in fact a special bank deposit that had been set inside a McDonald’s paper bag, then accidentally switched with a food pick-up order at the drive-thru and given to the Terry’s by a mistaken employee. The good-hearted couple decided to do the right thing and return the McDonald’s cash, knowing that there was some big switch-up somewhere.
"The second that [Greg] said it was their deposit, my first [response] was, 'Let's get in the truck and take it back,'" Stacye said to a local news station. "There is no other way to have it. I couldn't live with myself."
Although the employee and McDonald’s were very thankful for the return of the McDonald’s cash, they didn’t give the Terry family a reward for their honesty. The company did offer a public statement as thanks.
"We are grateful for this customer and the action they took upon realizing our error," Phil Gray, owner and operator of the Hermitage McDonald's, said in a statement. "We are looking in to why this mistake happened, but what is most important to us is knowing that we are part a community with the values that were evidenced by this person's actions."