- The Washington Times
Thursday, December 5, 2013

That’s a lot of burgers from the dollar menu. A couple from Tennessee, Stacye Terry and her husband Greg, recently made an order at their local McDonald’s drive-through and inadvertently left with a bag filled with cash.

Due to a mistake by an employee, a bag packed with thousands of dollars in it that was meant for a bank ended up in the Terry family’s hands, a local station reported.

“My husband opened the bag and discovered the money inside,” Mrs. Terry said. “He said, ‘You are not going to believe this.’ Sure enough, it was their bank deposit money.”

Keeping the money was never an option for Mrs. Terry.

“The second that he said it was their deposit, my first thing was let’s get in the truck and take it back,” she said. “There is no other way to have it. I couldn’t live with myself.”

A “visibly shaken” McDonald’s employee who realized the error was able to track down the Terry family as they drove home.

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“It could have been anybody” with the money, Mrs. Terry said.

In response, Phil Gray, the McDonald’s owner and operator issued a statement: “We are grateful for this customer and the action they took upon realizing our error. We are looking into why this mistake happened, but what is most important to us is knowing that we are part of a community with the values that were evidenced by this person’s actions.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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