California Man Finds $500 in Drive-Thru ATM, Returns It to Owner

November 24, 2015 Updated: November 24, 2015

A California man who found $500 in the drive-thru ATM slot was able to locate the rightful owner, but the story doesn’t end there.

Bobby Puryear was about to put his card in the ATM when he noticed the pile of cash that someone had apparently forgotten.

He went inside the bank and asked a manager to see who had visited the ATM before him. 

They were able to find that it was a 92-year-old woman named Edith, and the manager called the woman with Puryear also in on the three-way call.

Edith was so happy so told Puryear that her rent was $480, so she would give him $20 as a reward. But she then mentioned that the $20 would be all the money she’d have for the month, so Puryear refused.


Yesterday I went to the drive thru atm at my bank as I was putting my card in I noticed where the money comes out of…

Posted by Bobby Puryear on Thursday, November 12, 2015

After thinking about the situation, he actually decided to transfer $200 from his account to Edith’s. A co-worker overheard him and decided to donate $100, and workers at the bank chipped in another $300. 

People commenting on the story, which Puryear told in a Facebook post, were also inspired to help others after hearing about the good deed.

“I think we all just need to help each other, if everybody would help each other we we wouldn’t have all the hate and problems we have now,” Puryear concluded.

“Just be kind and help one another, it’s not hard and its very rewarding and it just makes you feel good.”

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