Plato’s Closet employee returns bags of money found in purse
What would you do if you found thousands of dollars inside a purse? That was the dilemma facing a young man working at Plato's Closet in Boardman.
Although for Ralph Sandy, it wasn't a dilemma at all.
"It was the right thing to do because I would want somebody to do that if it was mine; if I was on the other end of it," said Sandy.
Last Thursday was just another typical day working at the store that buys used clothing and accessories.
It turned out to be anything but typical when a young lady dropped off a bunch of clothes and three purses.
"I've worked here for three years, and that is definitely nothing I've ever seen before," said Sandy.
What Sandy found were two ziplock bags full of money in one of the purses.
"I didn't count it. I did eyeball it, and it was probably above $10,000."
Ten thousand dollars in bags labeled "wedding."
"My eyes were wide open, I couldn't believe it," said Sandy.
Sandy called his co-workers over, and they could have plotted a way to keep the money. Ralph knew that wasn't just right.
"Knew it was definitely important to somebody," said Sandy.
He called the young lady to come back for the money.
"It just feels great to get it back where it belonged, and I'm glad that we were here and somebody else with ill will didn't get a hold of it, so I'm glad that it is back where it belongs," said Sandy.
Sandy hopes others will also follow suit if coming across this same kind of dilemma.
"The moral is just do the right thing because you never know what that money could have meant to her or what it could mean to her family, so it's always best to just do the right thing."
The young lady whom the money belonged to did not want to be identified. She said she is getting married in a couple of weeks and this was simply an accident. She did want to pass along how incredibly thankful she is and humbled by their act of kindness.