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Waitress returns large sum of money left behind at restaurant, to wrong person

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It’s going to be a very Merry Christmas for Samantha Knight, a waitress at the Laishley Crab House in Punta Gorda, Fla. after receiving a generous $1,100 tip for doing what she felt to be the right thing.

ABC News reported on Dec. 23 that the young waitress found $1,000 in cash just left behind on a restaurant table last week and wanted desperately to return the large sum of money to the proper owner.

So Samantha ran outside and chased down the customer she thought mistakenly left the bundle of money behind.

Turns out though, unbeknownst to Samantha, she handed the cash over to the wrong person, who still gladly accepted it and then went about his business.

The next day, the man who actually had left the $1,000, Chuck Behm, called to claim it.

Knight informed the media that she felt really bad and wished that she would have just held onto the money until someone called to claim it - instead of chasing down the wrong patron.

“But I thought I was giving it to the right guy," she said.

Both Samantha and Chuck Behm, the rightful owner of the lost funds, gave the money up for lost.

On Dec. 22 though, a Christmas miracle happened.

The gentleman, who, however fraudulently, accepted the money from Samantha, returned to the crab house with a check for $1,000. In addition to returning the money to the thoroughly embarrassed waitress, the man also gave Samantha an extra $100 that he wanted her to keep for herself as a tip.

The man returning the money said he took it by mistake.

Samantha immediately touched base with the true owner of the money, Chuck Behm, who told her just to keep it.

Samantha Knight is expecting a baby soon, and said that the money will really come in handy and “will go a long way toward her Christmas.”

"Overwhelmed, I was crying earlier. I called my mom and was like I can't believe it," Knight said.

Merry Christmas Samantha Knight!

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