Josiah Vargas recently learned the importance of doing the right thing when he found himself in a tricky situation.
Vargas had gone through the McDonald’s drive-thru in Elkhart, Indiana, to get a sausage McMuffin for breakfast, but instead of his food, he got a bag full of cash. Instead of pocketing it, he decided to do the right thing and return it.
When he realized what he had, he fought with himself for a moment on what to do, saying, “Like, what is this? Why would they do this?” he asked. “What the f***. So now I have to return this because I’m a good person — I guess.”
Vargas documented the experience on TikTok, where he showed the cash inside the McDonald’s food bag. It was portioned into small baggies, and he pulled them out and held them in front of the camera. He then showed himself walking back into the store with the bag of money, which turned out to be $5,000.
The stunned McDonald’s workers expressed their gratitude with hugs and tears, Vargas said in the video. His good deed did not go unnoticed, as the store owner Estephan Awad said to the Indianapolis Star, “Josiah’s actions are an inspiration to us all, and we are eternally grateful for him returning our bank deposit.”
“Do good, people,” Vargas said with a smile.
Vargas was not just thanked with words, however, as he was given $200 and free McDonald’s for a month. Additionally, his older sister Haddie Keenum started a GoFundMe for him with a goal of $5,000. By Tuesday afternoon, the fundraiser had taken in about $1,200.
“Let’s come together and get this man that money tho! He deserves it!!” she wrote. “He’s one of the most honest and hardest workers I know. And I grew up with the kid!!”
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