A Georgia woman’s simple act of integrity earned her high praise Wednesday after she discovered her drive-thru lunch had been packed with more than $500 in cash.
Joann Oliver is a grandmother in Jackson, Georgia who, like many, has found herself struggling to pay the bills due to crippling inflation and unexpected medical expenses arising from her husband experiencing strokes as he battles cancer, amounting to nearly $2 million. Wednesday, according to the Jackson Police Department, she chose “character and integrity” over a quick payday and likely saved another person their job.
Posting to their Facebook page, the Jackson Police explained how Oliver had come to find $543.10 in cash beneath her order from a KFC restaurant, as reported by WSB-TV. “Character and integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking!!! The Jackson Police Department would like to honor Mrs. Joann Oliver for her honesty and goodness,” their post began.
“On Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Jackson Police were called to Mrs. Oliver’s workplace. Mrs. Oliver had gone to a local restaurant drive through on her lunch break and returned to work to enjoy her lunch. When she opened her lunch, and removed her sandwich, she was surprised to find $543.10 in cash under her sandwich,” the police further explained.
“That’s my light bill and some,” Oliver told WSB-TV before adding, “For a second. We thought about going shopping. I said I should have kept a 20 because I’m sitting on E.”
As she recounted, it took barely a moment for her to make the honorable decision as she described, “I started counting it and when I got to $500, I stopped and just put it back in the envelope, closed the envelope put the sandwich back the way I got it and just slid it to the side until the officer got here.”
Jackson Police went on to detail that Oliver’s choice to forego a quick payday extended beyond her as the money was discovered to be the deposit for the fast food restaurant and the manager would have likely been fired for the loss.
“After investigating the find, it was determined that the restaurants daily deposit had accidentally been placed in her sandwich bag,” they wrote. “Not only did Mrs. Oliver do the right thing but she saved the managers job. Mrs. Oliver thank you for reminding us that we have amazing Citizens and its people like you that make us great!”
As she put it to WSB-TV, “If you don’t do the right thing it’s gonna come back on you. I mean it wasn’t mine. I didn’t need to keep it. I’ll get mine in the future.”
For doing the right thing, the restaurant refunded Oliver the cost of her meal and gave her an additional free meal as a thank you.
Her decision garnered many positive reactions on Facebook with one person commenting, “Thank you Mrs. Oliver for doing the right thing and reminding us that good people do exist !!!! 1 Peter 3:14 Even if you suffer for what is right you are blessed.”
Another wrote, “THANK YOU to Mrs. Oliver and The City of Jackson Police Dept. for sharing this. People are always so quick to write and say NEGATIVE things these days. It’s a blessing to read something good. Always Be HONEST and KIND ! Blessings to you ALL !!”
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