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Man Returns $1,000 Mistakenly Given to Him by Waitress

By Clyde Hughes   |   Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 10:27 AM

A Florida waitress mistakenly gave $1,000 left in a booth to the wrong patron, but was rewarded when the man who received the money returned it to her.

Samantha Knight, who works at the Laishley Crab House in Punta Gorda, attempted to be a Good Samaritan and return the cash to an unidentified customer she had been serving last week, according to the Daily News.

"I was like, 'You left this in the booth.' He said 'Thanks,' patted his pocket, took it and walked away," Knight told WBBH-TV.

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Knight said she felt pretty good about her deed until the real owner of the cash, Chuck Behm of Chicago, returned to the restaurant and asked for the money. Knight had served both customers.

"I feel really bad. I wish I had just held on to it and waited for someone to call. But I thought I was giving it to the right guy."

A surveillance video had caught the exchange between Knight and the unidentified man.

The man returned to the restaurant on Sunday, gave back the money and gave Knight an extra $100 for her troubles.

"This morning the guy came in and returned it to me," Knight said. "He's from Delaware and came in from out of town. He had a wad of money in his pocket as well."

Knight said the man told her he didn't realize the money belonged to someone else until he saw himself on a television report. The unidentified man told her he was in town shopping.

"He sounded very sincere," Knight told the Daily News.

Behm told WBBH-TV that if the money was returned he would give it as a gift to Knight, who is expecting a baby.

"I felt awful," Behm said. "I still feel madder than anything at that guy."

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