Lufkin man who returns $500: 'No good deed goes unseen'

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man is proving that honesty is not dead.

Usually when you're given something for free it's rare that you would want to return it. Well, for 18-year-old Xavier Richard returning $500 was a must.

Xavier Richard has been banking with Genco Federal Credit Union for the past two years. A few days ago, his visit to the bank turned into a not so normal procedure at the drive through.

"I had $90 in the bank, and I put $200 in the bank, and I got my ticket back and it said $290, but in that little tube, it was $500 in cash in there," Richard said.

Richard said at first it seemed as if he was just given $500 for free, but he knew keeping the money would not be the right thing to do.

"I think that no good deed goes unseen; God sees everything," Richard said. "If I would've kept the money, it would've came back on me eventually; something bad could've happened to me. I totally believe in karma."

When he went back to the bank they were already closed, so he knocked on the door to explain his urgency.

"I gave her the money back and told her what had happened. The girl was there, they were all searching for it, and she was crying," Richard said. "She was telling me how thankful she was because they were going to fire her."

Richard knows the consequences of dealing with money every day, so not returning the money wasn't an option.

"I knew the feeling because I used to work at HEB, and I was a cashier. I know how it is if you lose your money," Richard said.

The female bank teller made an honest mistake giving cash money to Richard, and after he saw her yesterday at his job, he realized how important his good deed may have been to her.

"I was happy because I helped her save her job because you never know how important that job could've been to her," Richard said.

Selfless acts are certainly always appreciated.

"I just think that everything would be a lot better if everyone just did the right thing," Richard said.

KTRE reached out to Genco Federal Credit Union's CEO to discuss how often a mistake like this can happen at the drive-through, but no calls have been returned yet.

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