Saturday, January 24, 2015
ROCHESTER — After going through the drive-through at Burger King Friday, a local woman discovered that instead of the sweet tea and junior spicy chicken sandwich that she ordered, she got a bag full of money.
Rather than keeping the cash — totaling $2,631 — she came back to the restaurant with her husband and returned it.
Around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Janelle Jones, of Rochester, had ordered a drink and a sandwich at the drive-through of the 250 North Main St. restaurant. She was driving home when she discovered that the sandwich bag was actually full of cash, and there was no food inside.
Jones called her husband, Matthew Jones, who suggested she come home so they could return the money together. At home, the couple inspected the bag and found the cash, most of which was inside two bank deposit bags. There was also a loose $100 bill.
Matthew Jones admitted, “We are not perfect human beings,” and said the couple had considered the possibility of keeping the money, adding they could have certainly used the cash. But he said he and his wife are Jehovah's Witnesses, and that “Jehovah sees everything.”
When they returned the money about an hour later, the employees of the store were extremely thankful, he said.
“It felt a lot better than keeping it,” said Matthew Jones.
Store employees at Rochester's Burger King confirmed the incident but chose not to comment on the story.
“One person said 'they were going to get fired' so it felt good knowing we helped them keep their jobs,” Janelle state in an email.
“A manager told me they would give me five free meals,” Janelle added. “The manager said he talked to the corporate office and they said to tell me 'thank you.'”