Friday started out to be a normal day for Bonnie Walker and her husband.
The Walkers, who have a Hawkinsville address, but live in Houston County, had a day out together, running errands and such.
“We went to our bank (Robins Federal Credit Union), and cashed a check for $500, and my husband got a portion – what he calls his allowance, and I took the rest.” Walker said, and added, “Then we went to Home Depot.” She bought some plants and he got somethings.
On the way home, they had stopped to see her husband’s son. Bonnie Walker used that time to clean out her floorboard in her car, and put all the trash in a bag, which she dumped when she got home.
“The garbage hadn’t been picked up yet,” she said.
Later on that evening, she went to find her money, and realized it was gone. “I didn’t know what to do or where it could have gone. I thought maybe I had dropped it in the aisle at Home Depot, but then thought, no, I didn’t do that, and then I thought about the garbage,” Walker said.
“I was in a panic, and just really couldn’t decide what to do. I didn’t tell anyone that I had lost it, I looked everywhere for it,” she said.
The garbage had been picked up, and all Walker could think about was, “going to the dump on Monday and asking the guy where he might have thrown the garbage from our street. I really wondered if it would be worth it to do that.”
But she thought, it was $240.
Walker prayed about it, and just still wasn’t sure what to do next.
That is until Monday morning when her phone rang.
It was someone from the Credit Union in Warner Robins, “They told me that Home Depot had an envelope for me.”
Bonnie Walker said, “I just couldn’t imagine that was my money. Really, couldn’t have been anyway. So I called up there and they wouldn’t tell me what it was, and I said that I had lost some money. They told me when I came to make sure I had my driver’s license.”
Upon arrival at the Warner Robins’ Home Depot, Walker was given the envelope after her identity was verified, and “Sure enough, there was my money – all of it.”
According to the Home Depot employees at the service desk, Walker had left the envelope on the counter when she paid for her plants. “The young man at the register – his name was Octavian, I think – took off running after me to catch me, but couldn’t. So, he turned the money in. Apparently, there were several people who must have verified that the money was there, and all, because there were several initials on the envelope. All that was in the envelope was my receipt from the Credit Union, and they tracked me down through them.”
Walker continued, “That young man should receive some sort of kudos or something. His parents should be very proud of him, and he should have a clear conscience.”
She said, “He did the right thing.”
Walker said she was going to find the young man and make sure that he received some sort of reward for what he did, being that “it is rare in this day in time to find someone who would do that.”