$11,000 Lands on Struggling Mom's Car & She Returns Every. Single. Penny. (VIDEO)

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pat wesnerI don't know Pat Wesner, but I know she's a better person than I am. How do I know this? Because Pat Wesner is a working mother of four. Out of her four children, one son is serving in Afghanistan; another has disabilities. Pat Wesner's work doesn't make her a lot of money -- she runs a struggling non-profit. Needless to say, Pat Wesner is somebody who could really use a windfall of cash to fall in her lap. And that's pretty much what happened when Wesner was just driving down the road one day, except ...

Here's the part about Wesner being a better person: $11,000 literally fell out the back door of the Brink's truck in front of her -- unbeknownst to the driver -- and she didn't keep ONE single dollar for herself.

Nope. Not a penny. Instead, she stopped her car and called the police so they could help her gather up the money and return it to the truck driver.

"It's stealing if you take something that's not yours and I never even thought, you know I picked up a lot of bills that were on the ground and never even thought that I would put anything in my pocket. It didn't belong to me," says Wesner.

WOW. WOW, WOW, WOW. Look, I'm not saying it would've been okay or good or legal for Wesner to take the money and run (or at least SOME of the money and run), but ... it would've been understandable, that's for sure. Not to mention easy-ish to get away with, I bet. Lots of other people would have made a less honorable choice, is the point.

So you'd think Brinks would have showed their gratitude with something more substantial than a thank-you phone call, but that's all Wesner got. A phone call. Not $1,000. Not $100. Not a gift card. Not a fruit basket!

Pat Wesner is a better person than the people at Brinks are, too.

Be honest ...

Would you have returned ALL of that money if you were in the same situation?

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Aussi... AussieArcana

I'd have given it back. It would have been guilt money anyway.

adkny... adknykate

I live in this area (upstate NY) and what has happened since this story first broke will make you realize just how amazing this story is - Patty was offered $2,500 from Brinks as a reward and Patty told the local newspaper that she is donating the money to the non-profit that she works for!

What is also interesting about this story is that the area where Patty saw the money fall out of the Brinks truck is a very rural stretch of road without a lot of traffic or houses - she could have easily scooped up this money and taken off and no one probably would have ever seen her.

I just hope that Patty has some great karma heading her way.


adkny... adknykate

And, yes, I would have given the money back, too. You just don't want that kind of bad karma...

(Though I don't know if I would have been generous enough to donate a reward)!

Rosas... RosasMummy

I would have kept it, I wouldn't even have thought about giving it back. I also wouldn't have taken it off of the truck, I don't think that's stealing.

baham... bahamamama61

I would've returned it:)

nonmember avatar jen

Ahh such good morals your instilling in your daughter I see rosasmummy.

mommy... mommyof5cutties

Brinks should have given her a 5k reward.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Why would she keep it? It's not hers. It never was. What about that Brinks Driver? He's responsible for that money. So she should keep it and damn the consequences? Maybe HE'S got four kids, is a single dad, and is working HIS ass off to feed his own family.

It's tremendously sad that it's even a question about whether people should return the money.

nonmember avatar Debbie

Why do these stories continue to be big news? What she did is what we are all supposed to do! By sensationalizing it, it seems as though what she did was some kind of incredible miracle. It gives people the idea that doing the right thing is against the norm. I am fed up with these do-good stories. People will start thinking they should only do the right thing if it gets them a mention in a newspaper.

nonmember avatar khb

is the hope of a monetary reward the only reason to do the right thing? i am thankful that this woman clearly knows the difference between right and wrong, and needs no other reason to behave ethically than the knowledge that it's the right thing to do. it wasn't her money; she didn't take it; she helped return it to its rightful owners. whether she was struggling financially or not is irrelevant, and she knew it. what kind of world do we live in where we are annoyed that she didn't get rewarded for her actions?

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