VALPARAISO, Ind. — What would you do if you found thousands of dollars in the pocket of a donated coat? Jennifer Kimes, a worker at Plato’s Closet in Valparaiso, helped return the money to its rightful owner.
Kimes was examining the coat when she reached into one of the pockets and pulled out $7,000.
“Sometimes you find gum, or a picture, or a grocery list. You don’t find $7,000 in a pocket,” Kimes told ABC 7 in Chicago.
“It just scared me,” she told ABC 7. “It made me nervous. I mean…everybody wants to hold a wad of cash, but it wasn’t mine, so I didn’t get too excited about it.”
Kimes told her boss, Tammy Wendland, about the cash. They found the coat’s owner and returned the money to him later that day.
“He was extremely grateful. Just extremely, overwhelmingly grateful,” Wendland told ABC 7.
There was no reward for returning the cash, but Wendland and Kimes said they don’t mind — it’s just part of the job.
“Doing the right thing is rewarding intrinsically. It makes you feel good inside to do the right thing and there’s really nothing as special as feeling good inside.”
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