Jerry Allsup, 73, of Bartlesville, said he and his wife, Barbara, went to McAlester with the intention of purchasing a used car, but the car was not in as good condition as he had hoped, so the couple decided not to buy the vehicle and stopped for lunch at Pete's Place in Krebs, the McAlester News-Capital reported Thursday.
"After a typically fabulous lunch there, we returned to Bartlesville the next morning," Allsup said.
Allsup said he was home before he realized his jacket and the money it contained were missing.
"I immediately called Pete's Place and spoke to the manager, a lovely lady named Kathy," he said.
Kathy Prichard said the jacket was found shortly after Allsup left and was being kept safe in the hopes that he'd come back for it.
Allsup said he returned to the diner and claimed the jacket and cash. He said Prichard refused a reward.
"She quickly stopped me and very firmly stated that there was absolutely no way they would take any reward, and they were just glad all ended well," he said. "My eyes quickly teared up, my voice cracked, and I could only hug her to show my appreciation."