A story of honesty and good will
In this time of what appears to be such great divisiveness in our country, I would like to share this short story of honesty and good will.
The small church to which I belong is going through a time of change. And, because of this, many of the things we have loved and cherished over the years now need to be packed up and stored away, at least for a season. Who knows what is coming next?
On Thursday, I went to our account at Bank of Commerce to take out a fair amount of money in petty cash to cover expenses involved with this transition. I next went to the church for a meeting and then to the Thai by Thai restaurant on Main Street to get something to eat before heading home.
Somehow, I left the Bank of Commerce envelope containing our church monies at the restaurant. A significant blunder on my part.
I, however, didn’t realize this until the next morning. You can imagine my dismay. I was literally getting ready to go to my personal account to replace what I’d lost when the telephone rang. It was Janie from Bank of Commerce telling me that the owner of Thai by Thai had just come in.
He had found the envelope, taken it across the street to the bank as soon as it opened, and described me to the people there.
They in turn recognized who I was and got in touch right away. Need I add that all the money — every single cent of it — was still in the envelope? When I went to Thai by Thai to thank him, the owner refused any reward. Instead HE thanked ME for dining at his restaurant — something I’ll definitely be doing more of in the future.
I was so touched by his sweet attitude and would like an opportunity to offer the people at Thai by Thai — and the people at Bank of Commerce — this public thank you.
I am so grateful to them, not only because they returned the money, but because their kindness, honesty, and thoughtfulness reaffirmed my conviction that this is a wonderful community, filled with wonderful people — and a great place to live!
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