It’s not every day that life just drops $20,000 in your lap! However, despite making only $25 a day, the sign spinner who found the money decided to do the right thing and turn it in to authorities. Thankfully, everything worked out for this good Samaritan in the end…
A Surprising Discovery
For Benjamin Feliciano, a 21-year-old sign spinner from Orlando, Flordia, one day a few months ago started off just like any other. Despite not owning a vehicle of any kind, the hard worker made his to the local furniture company, where he earns only $25 a day, picked up his sign, and started promoting the store along U.S. Highway 1 in Jensen Beach. However, when he arrived at his usual spot, Feliciano found something strange: a discarded, but full, envelope.
When Feliciano opened the envelope, he could not believe his eyes: $20,000 in cash lay inside! More than enough to purchase a used car and still have some left over! Still, Feliciano had come to the spot to spin an ad, not earn free money. He knew what he needed to do…
Returning The Money
Without a second’s hesitation, Feliciano flagged down the next police car he saw and let them know about the lost envelope. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office officers took the bag, opened a report, and thanked Feliciano for his civic duty. But the story does not end there!
Just a day later, a man, who wishes to remain anonymous, headed into a Martin County Sheriff’s Office location to file a report for lost money. He said he had lost a white envelope of $100 bills, totaling $20,000. Neither the deputies nor Feliciano could believe that they found the man so fast! Within 48 hours, thanks to Feliciano’s incredible good deed, a considerable sum of lost money had been returned to its rightful owner. As such, the deputies knew they needed to find a way to reward the sign spinner…
One Special Present
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office felt that no great deed should go unrewarded. So, the Sherrif’s Department worked on a way to reward Feliciano. Soon enough, they had the perfect idea, which they shared on their Facebook. “Feliciano, of Port St. Lucie, told deputies that he works as a sign waver because he needs to buy a method of transportation. To show Benjamin how proud we are of his good citizenry, COP Deputies Benjamin Lisle and Crystal Nash made arrangements to purchase Ben a new bicycle to make life a little easier. The bike was purchased by a private citizen who works closely with our COP unit,” the department shared.
Feliciano did not only receive a free bike for his good deed, but he also earned plenty of praise in the comments of the Facebook post. When asked why he didn’t simply keep the money, the sign spinner had an equally simple answer: “It’s not about having the money. It’s just … I guess I believe doing the right thing is more rewarding,” he said.
Finally, Feliciano also won plenty of job offers after the incident. However, he plans to remain a sign spinner! “Ben was thrilled but said he has no immediate plans of giving up his job. We think Ben is amazing and his good deed is certainly worth sharing,” the Sheriff’s Department finished their viral post.