Morgan Burnley’s duties as an employee at a North Stafford Papa John’s restaurant include everything from making pizza to the routine task of taking out the trash.
A recent trip to the dumpster proved anything but routine when the 2016 Brooke Point High School graduate found more than $6,000 in a rubber-banded mass near the trash receptacle.
“I immediately brought the matter to the attention of my supervisor, and we called the Sheriff’s Office,” said Burnley.
A deputy from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office soon took custody of the cash. About the same time, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from another local business reporting that it had misplaced a large sum of money while taking out the trash. It matched the amount Burney found.
Not only was the money promptly returned to the business, but the Papa John’s employee and her supervisor, Yvonne Wiley, met with Sheriff David Decatur and Major Shawn Kimmitz on Tuesday to be recognized for their actions.
During Decatur’s visit to the restaurant, both Burnley and Wiley were presented with Stafford Sherriff’s Office challenge coins emblazoned with the words, “Integrity, Compassion, Professionalism and Fairness.”
“For many people, stumbling upon that amount of money would be tempting,” Decatur told Burney. “It says a lot about your character that you did the right thing in this situation. We are so grateful for community members like you.”
For Burnley’s efforts, the local business that misplaced the money also recognized her with a cash reward.
“I didn’t expect anything. I’m just glad the business owner got it back and I’m glad we got it back to him,” Burnley said.