February 4, 2009

Clerk hands over $1,200 in discovered cash

A convenience store clerk in South Salt Lake, Utah, says he gave authorities $1,200 in cash he found at his workplace in an attempt to do the right thing.

Julio Venegas, a Chevron gas station clerk, said after finding the cash in front of his cashier's counter, he quickly decided to hand over the money to authorities to help return it to its rightful owner, the Deseret News in Salt Lake City said Wednesday.

I wanted to do the right thing, Venegas said of the cash he found last Thursday. I wanted to give it to the person it belonged to.

Police were able to link the cash to Richard Fairbanks, an area landlord who had apparently dropped the money on the station's floor while putting away his wallet during a recent visit.

South Salt Lake police Detective Gary Keller said Venegas' decision to return the cash to Fairbanks, who had given up hope in being reunited with his funds, has reignited his hope in humanity

It re-establishes your faith in mankind, Keller told the Deseret News.