IT is not every day you find a wad of cash on your way to work.
But that is exactly what happened to waiter Patrick Kennedy, who was astounded when he picked up a bag stuffed with £600 in crisp notes in South Shore.
And the 20-year-old, from Wolseley Road, South Shore, has been showered with praise after handing the money into police – and ensuring it was reunited with its grateful owner.
Mr Kennedy, a waiter at Promenade hotel The Queens, said: “I had gone to collect my wages and I was walking past The Bull on Waterloo Road when I saw there was a small bag lying on the ground.
“I went and picked it up and there was this big wad of cash inside.
“The police station is directly behind work so I just went in and left it there.
“There are a lot of people who would have taken it.
“My family and I are struggling right now but morally I couldn’t keep it.”
Chambermaid Sharon Dunne had lost the bag of cash during a night out to celebrate her husband’s birthday last week, and said she doubted she would ever see it again.
The 47-year-old, from Fisher Street, in Blackpool, said: “I was in South Shore and I had my wages with me.
“I had saved up lots to buy something with them.
“It was my husband’s birthday and I was silly and went out and got drunk.
“I didn’t think I would ever see it again, I thought I had lost it permanently.”
But thanks to Mr Kennedy’s conscience, police were able to return the cash to Ms Dunne, who had reported it missing to officers at the South Shore station.
And she said she was “extremely grateful” to get it back.
She added: “I was absolutely chuffed. I was so, so grateful that he was an honest lad.
“A lot of people might not have handed it in at all but he was really honest.
“I gave him a thank you note and £40 to let him know how happy I was, which was right because he handed it in.
“I was so grateful for that.”
And Mr Kennedy added: “I was just doing my duty.
“My mum is pleased with what I did.”
Mr Kennedy’s actions have also been praised by officers in South Shore, who were pleased to be able to return the cash to Ms Dunne.
Insp Matt Willmot, inspector for South Shore, (pictured left)said: “I’m really pleased we were able to return the money to its rightful owner.
“It’s reassuring someone who has found such a large sum of money in the street has done absolutely the right thing and handed it in to the police.”