VIDEO: Unemployed TX teacher finds $20,000, returns it

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 4:30pm

What would you do if you were unemployed and found a bag stuffed with cash?

Would you keep it or give it back?

Candace Scott found $20,000 in cash.

It's an unusual test of honesty. What would you do if you found a bag of cash in the middle of the road?

Scott just recently moved her family back to College Station and is looking for a teaching job. Until now, she's had no luck.

"I've been praying for something, something to happen to turn this all around," says Scott.

That something may have happened on Tuesday when on her way home she ran over a plastic bag when she stopped to take a look. She realized, it was stuffed with 100 dollar bills.

"At first I thought oh my goodness this is drug money and somebody just threw it out and now I'm gonna get killed," said Scott.

A closer inspection showed the Chase logo, and without a second thought, Scott, the unemployed teacher, drove to the nearby Chase bank branch… and handed the money to a startled employee.

"So I just told her, I said, you know this has your bank's name on it, I just found it in the middle of the street," said Scott.

Shase says the money was from one of its atm couriers.

In a statement, it said:

"We are very grateful to Ms. Scott for stepping up, doing the right thing and returning the bag dropped by our courier service. it is that neighborly spirit that makes Texas a great place to live."

The bank also gave her a $500 gift card and a thank you note.

Scott said she never once thought about keeping the money, even though she admits, her family could use it, she simply wanted to do the right thing for the bank and her community.

"As I was leaving she said if there's ever anything chase can ever do for you, please don't hesitate to call us, and I thought about turning around and saying, find me a job," said Scott.

 

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