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Airport Worker Finds $7,000 & Turns it In

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Mar 06, 2013 06:13 PM EST

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An airport employee is being given credit for his honesty after he found $7,000 in cash outside the terminal and turned it in right away.

Part-time parking cashier, Pamela North Holloway found the envelope with the cash on a curb where shuttles let passengers off at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. She immediately turned the money in to her supervisor who counted it and contacted the police to pick it up, the Associated Press reports.

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"I could've kept the money but I didn't do that. I'm an honest citizen. I'm a taxpayer and I believe in doing the right thing," Holloway told WSB-TV.

The envelope belonged to Dr. Troy Zimbelman, a foot doctor from Alabama. He was running late for his February 20 flight to Costa Rica with his friends. When he went to get his passport from his pocket while at a security checkpoint, he realized that he had lost the cash. He figured he left it in the car, so he continued on with his flight and thought he would find the money upon his return.

"I was like, I sure hope it's in one of the cars," he said, according to AP.

However when he returned to the U.S., the money was nowhere to be found and he lost hope.

"I figured if somebody found it, since it was money, it wouldn't get turned in," he said.

However he decided to try calling the shuttle company. The company told him that some money had been found. After making 20 calls, he was able to reach the Atlantia police. He was able to confirm that the money was his as it included 70 $100 bills and he knew what was written on the envelope and how the money was wrapped. An officer made an arrangement for him to claim his lost money.

Happy to have his money back, Zimbelman plans on rewarding Holloway and the police officer.

"I was very impressed and plan on sending her a little reward money, too. It was a nice thing, I'm actually going to send her a check," he said of Holloway. "Same with the police officer who helped me."

 

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