BACOOR, Cavite – Netizens admired the honesty of a 22-year-old working student who returned the cash she found at an automated teller machine (ATM) just as she was about to use it on Nov. 22.
Straight from her graveyard shift at a call center, Jeanette Cortez Real went to an ATM station at a mall to withdraw cash along with her older sister. She was about to insert her card when the machine dispensed P7,900 and a receipt for P7,915 .
“Sabi ko sa ate ko, check niya baka andyan pa yung nauna sa aming magwithdraw, pero wala na (I told my sister to check if the person who withdrew money before us was still there, but they’re already gone),” Real told the Manila Bulletin.
Real talked to the mall guard and left her contact details in case the person who owns the money returns to claim it.
She could’ve also left the cash with the mall guard but instead, she headed to a bank branch in Imus to report the incident and turn over the money. Despite being tired from her shift, Real didn’t mind going the extra mile if it means the cash will be credited back to the owner’s account.
“Base sa resibo na lumabas sa machine, P96 na lang ang balance ng may-ari at maaaring huling pera na niya ito (Based on the ATM receipt, the owner’s remaining balance is P96 and it could be his/her last money),” Real wrote on Facebook in the hopes of reaching the owner.
Being a second-year food service and hospitality management student in the morning and a call center agent at night, Real said taking the cash didn’t even cross her mind.
“Alam ko po kung gaano kahirap kumita ng pera. Tulad ko, working student po ako, ‘di ko pinupulot yung pera. (I know how hard it is to earn money. I’m a working student and I know that money doesn’t grow on trees),” Real told the Manila Bulletin.
“For sure, yung may-ari ‘nun, madami ding pinagdaanan bago niya kitain yung pera na ‘yun. At ayokong gastusin yung perang pinaghirapan ng iba (For sure, the owner went through a lot for that money. And I don’t want to spend what another person worked hard for).”