Shocked KFC customer finds $500 stashed in drive-through's takeout bag

JoAnne Oliver, though in debt, instantly called the police to hand over the mystery cash that turned out to be the restaurant's daily deposit

Shocked KFC customer finds $500 stashed in drive-through's takeout bag
JoAnne Oliver made a surprising discovery inside her KFC takeaway bag (Naomi Baker/Getty Images/Facebook/City of Jackson Police Department, Georgia)
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JACKSON, GEORGIA: JoAnne Oliver visited a local KFC drive-through in Jackson, Georgia during her lunch break. When she returned to work, Oliver pulled out the meal, and discovered $543.10 in cash underneath her sandwich. Although Oliver was in debt of millions of dollars due to medical bills for her husband’s cancer, she said she knew she had to do the right thing and she instantly called the police.

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“I started counting it and when I got to $500, I stopped and just put it back in the envelope, closed the envelope put the sandwich back the way I got it and just slid it to the side until the officer got here,” she told regarding the KFC incident to WSB-TV.

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"For a second we thought about going shopping,” she joked about the money she got.  “I said I should have kept a 20 because I’m sitting on E,” she said, referring to her empty fuel tank.
“If you don’t do the right thing, it will backfire on you. I mean it wasn’t mine. I didn’t have to keep it. I will get mine in the future.It will come back twice.” she added. Turns out her honesty saved the job of the KFC outlet's manager.

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In a Facebook post, Jackson’s local police praised the woman for her honesty regarding this incident with the caption "Character and integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking!!! The Jackson Police Department would like to honor Mrs. Joann Oliver for her honesty and goodness."

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The post continued, "On Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Jackson Police were called to Mrs. Oliver's workplace. Mrs. Oliver had gone to a local restaurant drive through on her lunch break and returned to work to enjoy her lunch. When she opened her lunch, and removed her sandwich, she was surprised to find $543.10 in cash under her sandwich. After investigating the find, it was determined that the restaurant's daily deposit had accidentally been placed in her sandwich bag. Not only did Mrs. Oliver do the right thing but she saved the managers job. Mrs. Oliver thank you for reminding us that we have amazing Citizens in Jackson and its people like you that make us great!"

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Several people commented on the post, praising Olivers' integrity and honesty. "Outstanding! The world would be such a better place with more Mrs. Oliver’s in it!!," read one comment. Another Facebook user wrote, "Thank you Mrs. Oliver for doing the right thing and reminding us that good people do exist !!!! 1 Peter 3:14 Even if you suffer for what is right,you are blessed." Yet another comment read, "Bless you Mrs. Oliver you are such a honest, caring lady. You saved this Manager his job."

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