Friday, May 15, 2009

$271K in Your Bank Account

You're broke. You're a single mom. You're about to be evicted. One day you get your ATM receipt and see the balance is $271, 366.01. You know it's not yours. What do you do?

Lynita Regis gave it all back. Now she's $3 overdrawn.

"...Turns out, the money belongs to King County. Regis once worked there at the jail, a job that apparently had signee privileges she didn't know she had. When a teller issued her a new debit card last week, it mistakenly gave her access to the adult detention center account.

Regis left the bank with a new card and back where she began.

"Broke but I feel relieved... but broke," she said.

Regis says someday she'll have to pay the piper but she didn't want to do it with stolen money.

"At the end of the day, are you gonna sell your soul for $271,366.01?" she said.

At the end of this day, Regis paid rent and is now $3 overdrawn.

We notified the King County Jail of the error and the staff was stunned. The public information officer said Regis deserves recognition for her honesty..." (source)

Recognition? How about a reward?

Well, reward or no reward...she set a wonderful example for her child(ren).

If you discovered $200K in your bank account, would you give it back?
Yes, it's the right thing to do.
Yes, they'd find out anyway.
No way!
Only if the bank asked.
  
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