“Congratulations! You’re an Inspiration!”

In June 2014, Diana Benavidez left her red wallet on a shopping cart in the parking lot of the Southmost HEB grocery store in Brownsville, Texas. She said, “It was terrible.” The wallet contained “my baby’s pictures, ID’s and everything.” She and her husband, Jose Torres, returned to the store, where they discovered that an honest employee named Ivan Garza had found and turned in the wallet. Diana and Jose nominated Ivan for a Pay it 4Ward prize, which he received. Ricardo Filizola of the GEF Financial Agency told Ivan, “What you did was exemplary. We know HEB has a policy where you can’t receive any gifts or gratuities from customers, so Action 4 News and GEF Financial would like to take your actions and turn your kindness into cash. Here’s $400.” He handed over the money and then added, “Congratulations! You’re an inspiration!” Ivan said, “I didn’t imagine this. I was just working and doing the policy. That’s why they hired me. I’m not going to get a wallet from a stranger.” Ivan is 21 years old and had worked at HEB for four months. He said that he works to help support his parents “with food and bills. I help them out and a little more money wouldn’t hurt.”

For More Information: Ryan Wolf, “HEB employee returns mom’s lost wallet in shopping cart.” Valley Central.com (Harlingen, Texas). 3 July 2014


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