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New Hampshire store clerk finds man's lost Christmas money

Published On: Nov 28 2012 04:57:53 AM HST
MERRIMACK, N.H. -

A supermarket cashier saved Christmas for one local family after he found hundreds of dollars a customer dropped.


Alex Brunelle has been working at the Shaw's Supermarket in Merrimack for the past five years. The college student was working at a register early Friday morning when a customer passed through his line and paid with cash.

"I was just here ringing, and he was probably the third or fourth person through," Brunelle said.

He said that after the man left, there was a break in customers, so he decided to stock some shelves.

"When I turned around, I saw all the cash just on the floor," he said.

Brunelle found $350. He said he was certain his last customer dropped it, but he had no way to get it back to him.

"I just picked it up, counted it and brought it to the store manager so it would be locked up and taken care of," Brunelle said.

The next morning, that man, who wants to remain anonymous, called Shaw's and was relieved to learn that his money was there waiting for him.

"I was pretty relieved to hear that he got it because it is a significant amount of money," Brunelle said.

Brunelle got to meet the customer face to face later that day and leaned the true value of his good deed. He said the man told him he was an out-of-work single father, and he had planned to use that money to buy Christmas gifts for his children.

"He just kind of hugged me and cried," Brunelle said. "It was a really good feeling for sure to know that he was appreciative and a good guy."

Brunelle said he didn't think he was doing anything out of the ordinary when he returned the money, saying he was doing his job and providing good customer service.

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