Honest Can Collector Finds $3,800 In A Dumpster And Turns It In

Published: April 10, 2013

Honest Can Collector Finds $3,800 In A Dumpster And Turns It In, Collecting cans to recycle for pennies apiece in a Speedy Mart dumpster, Joe Ellis of Murfreesboro, Tenn., came upon something a lot more valuable: a plastic bag containing $3,800. At first Ellis didn’t think the cash was real, but when he realized it was, he turned it in to Speedy Mart managers. “That’s too much money for me to find and not turn it in,” he said.

The store managers contacted the police, who tracked down the money’s owner using bank deposit slips. The guy had mistakenly thrown it out while cleaning out his car (oops!). And yes, he gave Ellis a reward for his honesty: $400. That’s a lot of recycled cans.

A Murfreesboro man found $3,800 in a dumpster at the Speedy Mart on E. Main Street on Saturday night.

Joe Ellis was collecting cans to recycle when he spotted a small plastic bag containing several hundred dollar bills and three bank deposit slips.

“I didn’t think it was real,” Ellis told Nashville’s News 2.

Ellis alerted managers of the store who then called the police.

“I turned it in to the people, the two guys that worked there [Speedy Mart] and I told them about what happened and I gave them the money and he was counting it out, the guys and they said it was almost $4,000,” Ellis said.

Maulik Patel, manager of the Speedy Mart said Ellis is a Good Samaritan, “I can tell he’s a trustworthy person you know, he’s a nice guy.”

With the help of police and thanks to Ellis, the owner of the money was located on Monday.

Ellis said he thought about keeping the money, but ultimately he wanted to do the right thing.

“That’s too much money for me to find and not turn it in,” said Ellis.

According to Ellis, the owner accidentally threw the money away while cleaning out his car.

The owner thanked Ellis for being a Good Samaritan with a reward of $400.

0 votedvote