Struggling Mom Does the Right Thing and Returns $11,000
A New York mom of four, Pat Wesner could really use some extra money. But on Tuesday morning, when presented with a morally ambiguous solution to her financial problems pat took the high road and did the right thing. Pat was on her way to work at a non-profit in Albany when $11,000 in dollar bills and pennies fell out of the Brink’s trunk in front of her and landed right in her path, she never considered keeping it. She immediately called 911 and proceeded to pick up all the money that she could collect and returned every single penny of it.
Pat and her husband have four children, a daughter and three sons. One son is in college, one son who is disabled and one son serving in Afghanistan. Their finances are pulled so tight that she can’t even afford modest repairs to her car and drives around with a trunk that won’t shut without a bungee cord. Yet, not for one moment did she ever consider keeping the money when the rear door of a Brink’s truck driving in front of her unlocked and thousands of dollars starting flying out. The driver had no idea any of this was even taking place so if she were a lesser person she could have very easily picked the money up and went on about her day; $11,000 richer.
“It's stealing if you take something that's not yours and I never even thought, you know I picked up a lot of bills that were on the ground and never even thought that I would put anything in my pocket. It didn't belong to me,”
A lot of us would like to say that we would return the money, but I am not sure that many of us, especially those in financial need, would so easily. I believe that there are moments in our life when we are morally tested and I think that this was one of those moments in Pat Wesner’s life. I'd say she passed with flying colors.
Brinks called to thank Wesner for returning the money but as of the writing of this article no one had offered her a monetary reward. I know she doesn’t expect one but I hope that someone does offer her a reward for being such an honest and good person in a world of moral corruption. Pat Wesner and her family can surely use the money and doesn’t a good deed deserve to go rewarded?
Would you have made the same decision as her to give the money back?
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