Airport cleaner turns in iPad, $13,000

Jan. 10, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida man who runs a cleaning service at an airport said reuniting an iPad and $13,000 in cash with its owner was the right thing to do.

Patrick Morgan, who runs Patricks Cleaning Service of Plantation, said he was cleaning at a tiki bar in Terminal 1 of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport around 1 a.m. Dec. 19 when he discovered a lost iPad, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.

"I opened it and there was an envelope with some money," Morgan said Wednesday.

The cleaner said he called security and an airport worker determined there was $13,000 cash in the envelope.

Morgan said a man ran up to him a few minutes later and reported his iPad missing.

Airport officials said the man, who had returned to Florida from a trip to Las Vegas, gave Morgan $60 cash for his honesty.

Morgan said he gave the $60 to a homeless woman who often asks him for cash.

"She was grateful," he said. "But she was bugging me every day for money."

Mark Klein, with Sunshine Cleaning Systems, which sub-contracts the airport work to Morgan's company, gave the cleaner an additional $625 as a reward for his honesty.

"He's everything you'd seek in a good business partner, a good friend," Klein said.

The airport put up a plaque to honor Morgan.

"We need more people like Patrick in this airport and in society nowadays," deputy airport director Izzy Bonilla said.

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