ATM Spits Out $320, Woman Returns the Cash

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Find out why a single mother returned hundreds of dollars that a Wells Fargo ATM "gifted" to her.

If you stopped by an ATM to withdraw $60 out of your checking account and the machine started spitting out extra cash — an additional $320 in $20 bills to be precise — what would you do?

When faced with that exact situation, Kristina Edwards, a 35-year-old single mother of two, took a few seconds to regroup and check her balance to make sure the money wasn’t from her account. Then, she immediately did the right thing, The Delaware County Daily Times reports.

Edwards chased down the vehicle that was in line in front of her to see if the money belonged to the driver. It didn’t. She couldn’t reach anyone at the Wells Fargo bank branch to report the ATM malfunction because it was a Sunday and the bank was closed.

The Daily Times says Edwards, a registered nurse, held on to the money until the following day, when she went back to the bank and returned the extra cash. Edwards tells the Daily Times that doing the right thing was an easy decision:

“Somebody deposited that money. It could have been their paycheck. I’m a single mother of two, $380 to me is a lot. I was concerned about the person who is losing it.”

Edwards said the bank — which said the money will go into the bank’s fund — didn’t even offer her a thank you, but she’s still happy with her decision to return the money.

Wells Fargo corporate spokesman Jim Baum told the Daily Times that the bank was “grateful to the individual who brought [the ATM malfunction] to our attention and returned excess funds.”

Would you be like Edwards and go out of your way to return extra cash from an ATM withdrawal? Sound off below or on our Facebook page.

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