Selena Avalos, of San Jose, California, placed an order with a local Domino’s pizza restaurant, but she got much more than wings when the box arrived. In fact, what she found inside was enough to cover the cost of more than five hundred pizzas.
According to Express, Avalos opened the box and discovered approximately $5,000. Needless to say, Avalos was reeling over the bizarre find but also knew she had to make the right decision. She immediately began thinking about the restaurant and how they may have been searching for the funds.
Wrapped with a rubber band with a bank deposit statement attached, Avalos knew the funds were for the restaurant’s bank deposit, so she immediately wanted to contact whomever she could to return the money.
“Wouldn’t they be thinking, ‘Where did that money go?'” she asked.
Honesty really is the best policy! Just ask this girl from Dominos! https://t.co/Tde4pDVXGB
— 965KVKI (@965KVKI1) September 28, 2016
During a news interview with ABC 7, she shared her first reaction when she opened the Domino’s pizza box and why she chose to give it back.
“I was like, I can’t keep it, it’s a crazy amount of money, it’s not like it’s $20 you find, you know. It’s almost $5,000.”
Although many people would have contemplated pocketing the large amount of money, Avalos contacted Dominos to tell them about the money she’d accidentally received. But returning the funds wasn’t as simple as she thought it would be. In fact, she reportedly faced big obstacles when she called – because no one answered the phone.
So she turned to the media in hopes of contacting the restaurant’s corporate office. With the help of ABC 7, the Dominos manager was able to connect Avalos with the franchise owner. After speaking with Dominos’ management, arrangements were made for the money to be picked up. But Avalos’ noble gesture didn’t go unnoticed.
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It’s probably safe to say there have been many other incidents quite similar to this one, but the outcome may have been a bit different. To show their gratitude, Domino’s decided to thank Avalos for returning the funds. The Domino’s franchise awarded Avalos with a free supply of pizza for one whole year. But the perks didn’t stop there. Avalos may not have gotten the free money in the wing box, but technically she did end up with free money — from her job. Apparently, her employer pitched in as well.
After her bizarre story made headlines, her employer heard about it as well and decided to reward her for her honesty. It has been reported that she was given one full week off from work with pay.
Dominos brings you a box that's supposed to be chicken wings, instead there is $5000 in there. What do you do !?… https://t.co/nElfjlRiTt
— Caddy One (@Caddy_One) September 30, 2016
As expected, Avalos’ story has caught the attention of social media users everywhere. Now, colorful opinions about the story are circulating on social media. Although many have commended her for the noble decision she made, others admitted they probably wouldn’t have been as forthcoming.
Other social media users pondered a different perspective with questions about where the large sum of money actually came from. Was the sizeable amount really a Domino’s deposit? Although running a franchise is no easy feat, some wonder if $5,000 was really the amount profited from one day. Then, of course, there were others who actually believe returning the money wasn’t the smartest decision.
Check out some of the tweets:
Me: Turns on T.V
CBS News: Girl Orders dominos, she finds 5,000$ in the pizza box.
Me: Turns off T.V
— superdupermiguel (@miguel_yerena) September 27, 2016
I think the real question is what of @dominos has a $5,000 cash deposit from one night. ????
— Doop_there_it_is (@TravisDoop) September 27, 2016
Dominos? $5,000? Return? Get free pizza for a year? I think tf not
— Té (@MonetaryPlug) September 28, 2016
put $5,000 in my pizza box…thank you, @dominos
— Tanay. (@TeeKeaton) September 27, 2016
Despite the mixed opinions, Avalos’ story proves good deeds don’t always go unnoticed. But even though she was honest and Domino’s returned the favor, some people believe unlimited pizza and a week off just doesn’t suffice for $5000. What do you think about the Domino’s debacle? Would you have returned the money? Share your thoughts.
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