Tennessee couple mistakenly served bag of cash at McDonald's drive-thru

"This will never, ever happen again in our lifetime," customer says.
By Evan Bleier   |   Dec. 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM  |  Updated Dec. 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM   |   Comments

Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A Tennessee couple got something worth a little bit more than an Extra Value Meal from the drive-thru employee at a McDonald's in Hermitage.

Greg and Stacye Terry placed their regular breakfast orders and were served up a bag stuffed with thousands of dollars in cash. An employee apparently mixed-up the restaurant’s bank deposit with the Terry’s drive thru order.

"My husband opened the bag and discovered the money inside," said Stacye said. "He said, ‘You are not going to believe this.' Sure enough, it was their bank deposit money."

The employee quickly discovered the mistake and caught up with the Terrys. They returned the cash, no questions asked. "The second that he said it was their deposit, my first thing was let's get in the truck and take it back," Stacye said. "There is no other way to have it. I couldn't live with myself."

The Terrys have visited the McDonald's before and they usually only end up with a couple of extra French fries or ketchup packets.

"This will never, ever happen again in our lifetime," Greg said. “We'll be back. We'll be back. But, next time I'm sure we'll leave with our normal breakfast order."

Phil Gray, the owner and operator of the McDonald’s franchise, issued a statement:

"We are grateful for this customer and the action they took upon realizing our error. We are looking in to why this mistake happened, but what is most important to us is knowing that we are part a community with the values that were evidenced by this person's actions."


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