Erica Clark finds envelope stuffed with cash at McDonald's, doesn't do what you'd expect with it

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Erica Clark
Imagine you're walking into a fast food joint when you happen upon an envelope in the parking lot. You open it up, and to your amazement, the thing is stuffed with thousands of dollars of cold, hard cash.

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Let's be honest -- most folks would probably keep it and thank their lucky stars, right? But not 19-year-old Minnesota State University Moorhead student Erica Clark, who went out of her way to reunite the rightful owner of $2,800 with an envelope containing his cash after she found it in a McDonald's parking lot yesterday afternoon.

In addition to all the cash, the envelope contained an unnamed Wells Fargo receipt, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Clark brought her find to Moorhead police, who alerted the bank about the situation. Meanwhile, the man who withdrew the cash to buy a truck but somehow misplaced it eventually realized his envelope was missing and went to the bank to investigate. There, he was reunited with his dough. 

$2,800 sure is a lot of money for a college student, but Erica says she never thought about keeping it.

"I never really had any second thoughts about it," she told the Tribune. "All I could think about was what if someone was going Christmas shopping and all their money was gone?"

As you'd expect, Moorhead police lieutenant Tory Jacobson gave Clark props.

"She deserves a lot of credit for her character," he told the Tribune.

The man who lost the envelope plans to thank Clark in person for her good deed this week. We expect he'll pick up the tab.

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31 comments
Jason Olson
Jason Olson

Shouldn't we expect her to find the owner?

WarmThoughts
WarmThoughts

Hells yeah. Nice knowing that good people are out there, and here's hoping to a life of good luck in return.

Roger Her
Roger Her

bait car.... bait cash.... she did good...

Megan Parfitt
Megan Parfitt

That is so awesome!!! I once dropped a twenty dollar bill inside a gas station trying to juggle some purchases and my toddler. It was all the money I had to my name and no food. It happened in minutes and I frantically asked everyone in the store. It was not like this story and I left hungry and in tears.

Mc'Real Dtj
Mc'Real Dtj

no, it wouldnt be.. they arent on the dollar menu

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

I would like to think most of us would have done the same considering there was a receipt in the envelope which can be used to track the owner. I've found money on the ground before and the only thing that stopped me from giving it back to anybody is there was no way to identify who it came from. If I find something and I can give it back to the owner I totally do that, just ask the lady at Old Country Buffet who lost her phone in the parking lot and had it returned by me.

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

SHE'S BAT SHIT CRAZY!!!! Oh, sorry. didn't have my glasses on. Thought it was another story about Michele Bachmann.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

People talk. This woman didn't have to say a thing to anybody, yet somebody in the local media would get wind of it. Not a surprise at all. And it wouldn't surprise me if she posted something about it on Facebook, simply wanting to tell her friends about the unusual day she had, which found its way to the local media.

Erik L. Burgess
Erik L. Burgess

Police sent out a press release identifying her/her "Good Samaritan" act.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Everybody's hiring headline writers away from Upworthy.

Maggie Strugala
Maggie Strugala

I think the news most likely obtained the Police Report through the department. Police reports, cases filed, etc. is all considered public data. I am almost positive that they hire people just to sit and look through these things daily. That is how they find people for the fancy tv judge shows, too :) I am really glad she did the right thing, though. Although it seems counter active to reward with money (because people should just be good to each other) it is very rare that such a kind act is shown during a very difficult time of year for many people. She would deserve it

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

I expected her to do the right thing... Your headline is a lie.

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

Glad she did the right thing, now who just had to notify the press about it and when will the fund raising site be set up for Erica (through Wells Fargo, I assume). Lawdy knows doing the right thing is such an obscure thing these days we just have to throw some cash at it. :/

Michelle Lynn Hart
Michelle Lynn Hart

Good for her. I cannot imagine keeping it. I would feel horrible and guilty !

David Olson
David Olson

Can you please get Chris Kluwe's opinion on this??

David Hlavac
David Hlavac

Geez, Uncle Billy - you'd think you'd have sobered up a little after 60+ years of almost making George Bailey kill himself every damn christmas!

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

I think Michele is crazy also.....but your reaction to this story says quite a bit about the liberal mind. You think returning lost money is crazy!!! lol. No wonder why our current tax surplus is not going to be returned to us, we have gimmeecrats like you out there!!!

_Joe_
_Joe_

@TweetsAreYoursAre you fucking retarded?  There was a police report.  That shit gets watched like a hawk by the media

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

Possible that a reporter spent time sifting through daily report logs, but you overestimate the resources most newspapers have when it comes to combing police reports, especially non-criminal activity.

Onan
Onan

Well, aren't you a shining little ray of cynicism...

"I think the news most likely obtained the Police Report through the department. Police reports, cases filed, etc."

Pretty much this. i was contacted by several of those TV court shows when I filed to sue my X-Wife a few years ago. They have people who scour the police records.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Why are you so interested in what Chris Kluwe thinks? You seem a little obsessed. He's married.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

Really Bro.... You're turning this into your bullshit rant about how your side of the aisle is better?  Your same statement has been replicated thousands of times before and you think this is a good fit for it.  Plus all of what you stated is totally wrong.  Current Tax Surplus???? Are you kidding me. You can blame 2 wars started in 2 years for that.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

You're a waste of flesh. Yes, reports get scoured by the media. They're looking for idiots like you, who have been arrested, booked, cuffed and stuffed. Unlikely any reporter looking for sexual predators like you is going to look through reports of non-criminal activity. You know not what you speak of, and I'm bored with your irrelevancy and your stupidity. Flame away, wanker, you're no longer worth even 10 seconds of my time. Congratulations.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

Once again you are wrong. There is a budget surplus this year, yes, but it's needed to pay for the budget deficits from the Pawlenty years. But you turn to insults as your keynote speech. Being wrong and calling someone an idiot doesn't cancel out the fact you're still wrong.


http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/235312251.html


"The tax plan passed in 2013, even with this surplus, restores only about half of what the state lost in the Pawlenty years. It returns the state to the revenue levels of the mid-2000s. That’s it."

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Chaz you moron Minnesota as an individual state has a surplus right now. Read more news! The dems raised taxes two billion and now we have a one billion surplus. I want my money back thank you.

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