It was a Monday. Siblings Ryan, 25, and Katie Moi, 21, were driving down Coburg Road in Eugene, Oregon when they caught sight of a bag on the road. Looking more closely, they realized the bag came from the bank. They picked it up and looked inside to find a stack of hundred-dollar bills.
Ryan and Katie have a hard time to make ends meet. Katie is a college student and she spent the majority of this particular afternoon dropping off job applications in coffee shops and restaurants. As for Ryan, he would like to open a business resurfacing counter tops. With all this money in their hands, life suddenly had the potential of becoming far easier. Katie could buy a new MacBook laptop because hers had been stolen and Ryan could go on vacations with his girlfriend and daughter.
But they knew that wouldn’t be right. They thought that someone had probably lost the bag and that it would be better to deliver it to its rightful owner.
They asked their father Erik how they should go about returning the money. Opening the bag, Erik discovered a piece of paper indicating that the money came from Reliable Credit Association. At that specific moment, Erik asked his children what they wanted to do. They said they wanted to turn it in. Erik then volunteered to return the bag to Reliable Credit.
When he gave the money back to the bank, the tellers didn’t believe it. They were dumbfounded.
But a few years ago, things may have been different. Ryan and Katie didn’t have such an easy life for themselves. They were both in the midst of rehab stints and their dad Erik thinks that at that particular time, they would have never thought of giving him the money.
Ryan told ABC News: “At that time, I honestly would have kept it and you know that’s something that I would really like to have been said or mentioned more, because a lot of recovering addicts get…looked down upon…judgments made. But they’re – that kind of example that my sister and I set, that you know, just because you’ve had troubles in the past doesn’t mean you’re a bad person and, you know, people can turn around.”
Thanks to the good deed, Ryan and Katie have been rewarded. Reliable Credit offered them each a $200 Visa gift card. Both also received jobs offers, and someone even bought a new laptop for Katie.