“Christmas Time, You Know, You’re Lucky to Get a 10 Dollar Tip, Let Alone [Something Like This]. Wow, Man, I’m Touched”

On Christmas Day of 2014, lots of gifts were opened in the home of the Edwards family in Greeley, Colorado. One result of the gift-opening was lots of trash. Jason Edwards said, “It was mounding up pretty quick, and we filled up a couple trash bags for sure.” Unfortunately, one thing that got thrown away was a $50 JCPenney gift card. Brenda Edwards said, “Picking everything up, sorting through stuff, I guess I thought I had put it together with all my stuff.” Fortunately, the garbage man noticed it. Jimmy James, an employee of Bunting Disposal in Greeley, said, “I was just dumping the cart in the back of the truck and seen the card on top of the pile of trash.” The card did not look used, so he gave to the garbage truck driver to check whether it had a balance. Mr. James said, “I had to stay on the back throwing trash, and we kept working. I had him call it and check it, and he told me what was on it. There was $50, so I had him put it in my wallet for me and then when we got off work that day I went by Jason’s house.” Jason Edwards said, “It was kind of a shocker to me for sure. I called my wife and told her, ‘You’re never going to believe this guy; he just returned this card.’ It’s not a lot of money; it’s just basically a simple principle that someone would take their time out to do something like that. It’s pretty cool.” Brenda Edwards said, “There’s still some kind people out in the world. I just think that’s awesome. He could have easily stuck it in his pocket and went on his way.” Mr. James said, “The lady [his wife] could have used some new jeans, you know, that was real tempting. But my parents raised me better than that, and I would hope somebody would do the same for me.” Jason Edwards rewarded Mr. James with an envelope that contained $75 cash. On the outside of the envelope, he wrote, “To Jimmy, Thank you for your honesty.” Jason Edwards said, “Like we said, it’s not about the money, it’s just saying thanks.” Mr. James said, “Oh, man. We didn’t need nothing back. That’s awesome, man. That helps a lot. They don’t know how much that helps. I don’t even know what to say. Christmas time, you know, you’re lucky to get a 10 dollar tip, let alone [something like this]. Wow, man, I’m touched.”

For More Information: “Garbage man’s good deed inspires family’s generous act.” WDAF-TV (Kansas City, Missouri). 30 December 2014

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