Waitress finds $1000 and gives it back … to the wrong man

By George Chidi
Sunday, December 22, 2013 17:58 EDT
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Samantha Knight
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UPDATE: A Florida waitress thought she was doing the right thing when she found $1000 on a chair while clearing a table. So she chased down the fellow at the counter that she thought had left it behind.

He looked at her. He patted down his pockets. He accepted the money. He thanked her. He left.

And he was the wrong guy.

Surveillance video captured the exchange at the Laishley Crab House in Punta Gorda on Tuesday. Waitress Samantha Knight told NBC-2 that she feels terrible. “I wish I had just held on to it and waited for someone to call. But I thought I was giving it to the right guy,” said Knight.

A few hours after the original report aired Sunday morning, the man woke up and saw himself on the news. Shortly afterward, he returned to the restaurant and gave back the money, claiming that it had been an honest mistake — that he also had about $1000 in cash in his pocket and assumed he dropped it.

Chuck Behm, the original owner of the money, gave it to Knight for her honesty. Knight is expecting a child.

Watch the video below.

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

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