While sorting through donated books, Stockton, California Goodwill employee, Lakiesha Williams, discovered an envelope filled with 105 $100 bills.
As reported by KXTV News 10, Lakiesha joked that she briefly thought of keeping the $10,500 but then handed it over to her boss.
She said, "My concern was, somebody was out that money and I wanted, I would have liked for them them to get it back."
But a month after her discovery, the cash has yet to be claimed. Goodwill President David Miller explained that mistaken items included in donations are not unusual, “Whether it be clothing, household items, and sometimes even cash, and jewelry or whatever, that they realize, ‘Oops, I didn't necessarily want that to be donated.’”
Lakiesha, a relatively new Goodwill employee, didn’t know the company policy and said, "It would have been nice for them to say, 'Hey.’ Give me some kind of kickback and say, ‘Hey, thank you for being honest and turning it in.'" Goodwill’s policy is to keep any large amounts of accidentally donated money in an account to allow the owners time to reclaim it.
Miller said that if the cash has still not been claimed 3 months after the donation was made, Lakiesha will get 10% of the money as a reward for her honesty. It would be a welcome blessing to Lakiesha and her husband who are struggling to advance their fitness business.
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