Life isn’t easy, especially during a pandemic. The challenges seem endless and it would take a lot of willpower and determination to find ways to survive and perhaps still try to chase those goals and dreams we had in our hearts before Covid-19 happened.
Amid the struggles, some people find it hard to resist temptation — like suddenly finding several cash bills in an automated teller machine (ATM). That would be like money ‘falling from heaven.’
It was a situation which tested the honesty and strength of a 22-year-old working student named Jeanette on the 22nd of November at an ATM located in a mall in Bacoor, Cavite.
She was about to withdraw from an ATM when a certain amount of money suddenly came out, followed by a receipt. She waited for a while to see if the owner would come back. She then decided to inform a security person at the mall about the incident and left him with contact details in case someone will ask about a withdrawal.
She then proceeded to the nearest branch of the bank in the receipt and also informed the persons in authority that such an incident happened.
On a Facebook post she shared some photos and some information; hoping the owner of the money would catch her story.
One part of her post expresses a sentiment: “sana maibalik ito sa totoong may ari dahil hindi natin alam ang pinagdadaanan ng bawat tao, at kung para saan gagamitin ang pera. Base sa resibo na lumabas sa machine, 96 pesos na lang ang balance ng bangko ng may ari at maaaring huling pera na niya ito.”
Many lauded her act and praised her for alloting time to do what is right. Many shared her post and a network found her story inspiring.
In an interview with the Kapuso Network (GMA), she shared that it would have been so heartless of her and heavy on her conscience if she took interest in the money.
“‘Yung may ari po noon, alam ko pong marami rin siyang pinagdaanan para makuha ‘yung pera na ‘yun so parang kung aangkinin ko siya, parang ang laking konsensya po yun,” she admitted.
It’s always refreshing to hear stories of honesty and kindness. May we hear more acts of humanity. You are truly inspiring, Jeanette Real!
Here’s her story via GMA News: