Lost cash returned to rightful owner

Loaner car held surprise in glove compartment

Posted 5/21/15

Dana TePoel expects integrity and a “do-the-right-thing” attitude from his employees at Lake Arbor Automotive and Truck in Westminster. And now, he's happy to say his customers share the same feelings.

Last month, while driving a Lake Arbor …

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Lost cash returned to rightful owner

Loaner car held surprise in glove compartment

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Dana TePoel expects integrity and a “do-the-right-thing” attitude from his employees at Lake Arbor Automotive and Truck in Westminster. And now, he's happy to say his customers share the same feelings.

Last month, while driving a Lake Arbor loaner car, Derrick Fossett of Westminster found $800 in the glove compartment. He was headed to the bank himself to deposit $3,000 for his business when he found the cash.

As a business owner, Fossett quickly understood the importance of returning the money.

“I didn't want to leave cash out in the open. That's when I opened the glove compartment and saw the money,” he said. “You don't want to leave that kind of cash sitting on the car seat, so myself and the other guy were on the same page, except the other guy forgot his money in the car.”

Fossett returned the $800 to Lake Arbor and with some help from an employee, the rightful owner was found.

By this point, two weeks had passed before Brock Byrd realized he was missing $800, cash meant to be deposited in the bank for his valet employer. Byrd actually didn't realize he'd even lost the money. It wasn't until he received a phone call from Lake Arbor that his mistake came to light.

“I thought to myself, 'oh crap,' and then I started kind of freaking out,” Byrd said. “My company hadn't realized the money was missing either, so that was a blessing.”

Byrd deposited the $800 and has since chosen not to be in charge of the bank drops. He feels pretty lucky and appreciative that someone he doesn't know would return the money.

“You don't expect this kind of thing, especially in the times we are living in,” Byrd said. “But things like this do happen. It's pretty cool and it's nice.”

For Fossett, the thought of keeping the cash didn't even cross his mind.

“I was just trying to get the money to the owner and someday I hope someone would do the same thing for me,” he said. “I didn't do this for publicity. I just wanted the money back to the person it belonged to.”

This isn't the first or second time money's been left in a loaner car at Lark Arbor Auto, and returned to the business. TePoel said he's happy and proud his customers share the same belief in doing the right thing as he does.

“I feel grateful and blessed that we have awesome customers who share the same philosophy,” he said. “By doing the right thing, everyone wins — good, honest, happy customers; good, honest, company; good, honest, happy life.”

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