Life is difficult these days. Many are struggling to make their ends meet. Saving is money really hard for some people and they grab every opportunity that would allow them to earn more.
There are individuals who find money on public places consider themselves lucky. They instantly decide to keep it instead of returning it to the rightful owners. Their reason—they did not steal it and did not know the owner.
In other words, it is hard to find honest people in a world full of poverty just like a hospital worker who returned thousands of dollars he found in a laundry. The Providence Journal described the situation a money laundering with a positive spin.
Steven Ledo, a 19-year employee at Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island, was working at the laundry room last month when he noticed something unusual—a number of 50 and 100-dollar bills were billowing out of a dryer.
“It was a ton of money. My brain was thinking not to leave it. I just wanted to protect it,” said Ledo.
The 62-year old hospital employees gathered the varying denominations and counted $9,100 total and turned it over to administrators, who made sure that the money is returned to an unnamed female patient.
Ledo told the news outlet that he never thought of keeping the money because his parents raised him to do the right thing. He added, “When you do something good, inside you feel good and clean.
Joe Gordon-Rezner, a nurse manager delivered the good news to the female patient that the hospital secured her money. The patient was grateful.
Gordon-Rezner said, “I’ve never seen so much money. The look on her face was priceless: excitement, joy relief.”
Commenting on Ledo’s action, he said, “Too often, people choose to do different things.”
The president of Miriam Hospital, Arthur Sampson recognized Ledo’s good deed. Sampson will honor him with the “Miriam Gold” for embodying the hospital’s standard.
Sandra Cheng, the vice president of the hospital said Ledo “did the right thing. We are very proud of him.”
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