In this economic climate, many people who find $2,000 lying on the side of the street might be tempted to employ the age-old adage, “finders keepers.” But a Melrose, Mass., woman who struck gold Thursday decided to “do the right thing” instead.
In this economic climate, many people who find $2,000 lying on the side of the street might be tempted to employ the age-old adage, “finders keepers.”
But a Melrose woman who struck gold Thursday decided to “do the right thing” instead.
According to a police report, Lisa Cerullo was walking down Church Street at about 11 a.m. when she noticed something odd.
“I just happened to be going to the post office, and when I looked down and saw a stack of bills on the sidewalk,” she said.
The stacks were held together by elastic bands, and included a number of $100 bills.
Instead of pocketing the cash, she brought it to the police station, where officers counted it and determined the stacks contained $1,978.
“I never thought about keeping it,” Cerullo said. “I just thought that if it had been me that lost the money, I’d be having a very bad day.”
After she returned the money to the police station, officers spoke to a manager at the bank, who indicated that a Winchester man had cashed a check for that amount just minutes prior to her discovery.
Before officers could find the check-casher’s contact information, he came to the station to report the money missing. After speaking with the bank to confirm that the rightful owner had been found, police returned it to him.
“He came into my work at Winchester Orthodontics that same say to thank me, and was very grateful,” said Cerullo. “He gave me $100 cash as a reward.
“Later he walked back in and said, ‘I feel I didn’t do enough for you,’ and gave me a $100 gift certificate to Jimmy’s Steer House in Arlington.”
She added that although some of her friends and co-workers couldn’t believe her honesty, she was happy to return the money.
“I’m glad I was the one who found it and had a chance to get it back to him,” she said. “I had a couple people ask me if I was crazy, but I honestly never did think about keeping it.”