Honest or dumb? Unemployed teacher finds bag containing $20,000 by the roadside and returns it… gets $500 reward



Unemployed teacher Candace Scott found a bag filled with about $20,000 in cash on the side of the road. The honest woman turned it in to her local Chase bank after seeing the company’s logo on bands around the money (stock photo).

One man’s dirty diaper is another woman’s cash cow.

An unemployed teacher driving in College Station, Texas, on Tuesday morning spotted a bag on the road that appeared to her like a soiled diaper and pulled over, thinking that someone had discarded it.

Candace Scott would soon find out the bag held much more – $20,000 in cash.

Even though she is out of work, Scott never for a second thought of keeping the money.

She told the Eagle newspaper that she first mulled calling 911 to report it missing or driving it to her local police precinct.

Scott ended up driving it to the local Chase branch to report the money found, as the bag had a Chase bank label on it, The Eagle newspaper reported.

The bank teller graciously thanked the Good Samaritan for returning the money.

“She told me I’m the most honest person in the world, and I said, ‘Or the dumbest.'”

While driving along the road, Scott said the bag barely caught her eye. “It looked like a gallon-size baggie with a blue zipper on top.

“It just barely caught my eye, and I thought it was money, then was like, ‘Nah, it’s probably a dirty diaper.'”

Scott made the decision to turn around and investigate. But before she could, a dump truck drove over the bag, partially ripping it open.

Still, the out-of-work teacher was able to retrieve it. “There were two huge bundles of hundred-dollar bills wrapped in rubber bands,” Scott said.

She told The Eagle that she initially thought it could be money from a drug deal before she spotted Chase’s logo. She never counted the full amount before turning it in, but Greg Hassell, a Houston-based spokesman for the bank, said the bag contained around $20,000.

He refused to comment further about how the windfall came to rest on the side of a Texas road, citing carrier security issues.

But Scott wasn’t left empty-handed for her honesty – she was given a $500 Chase debit card.

“Maybe it’s a sign my luck is changing,” an optimistic Scott told the newspaper.

Read more: NY Daily News

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