LIMA — It doesn’t take a big loss of money to set many household budgets back.
Thanks to the honesty of a Lima News carrier, one Lima resident will not have to experience that dilemma.
Pete Ehora was visiting a neighbor on Slabtown Road Sunday afternoon while riding on his lawn mower. While stepping off the mower, his money clip containing $300 cash inadvertently slipped out of his pocket and into the gravel of the driveway.
In most cases, the money likely would have been gone forever. However, while delivering newspapers at about 2 a.m. Monday, carrier Steve Thurmond happened to spot the money as he was taking the newspaper to Catherine Early’s porch.
To his credit, Thurmond did not think for one second about keeping the money.
“It wasn’t mine,” Thurmond said. “I just saw it sitting there on the edge of the sidewalk. So I set it up there with her newspaper.”
Early discovered the money clip when she went to get her paper but quickly realized the money was not hers either. She contacted her son-in-law, Charles Jankovsky, who lives just a couple of doors down from her 4310 Slabtown Road address. The two quickly discussed the situation and tried to recall who had visited. Early quickly remembered that Ehora had visited Sunday afternoon.
The two contacted Ehora by phone, who was obviously elated that his money had been found.
“I didn’t notice it missing until I went to bed that night and I had emptied my pockets,” Ehora said. “I couldn’t go out and look for it because it was dark, and I had to be at work early in the morning. I lost a lot of sleep wondering where I could have lost it.”
At 6:30 a.m. Monday, Jankovsky contacted Ehora at work and let him know they had found the money clip. Ehora said he was blessed to get back his money.
“I was very fortunate that somebody trustworthy found it,” Ehora said. “I know newspaper carriers make just enough to get by. He could have just as easily stuck it in his pocket.”
Jankovsky said that Thurmond should be commended.
“No one would have known the difference if he had just kept it,” Jankovsky said. “Pete was so elated when he found out we had found the clip.”
Ehora said he plans to reward Thurmond in some way for his honesty.
“He was a good guy to do that,” Ehora said.