SALEM, N.Y. - What would you do if you found more than $11,000? Would you keep it or try to return it? One local woman had to answer that question when the money landed right in front of her.
Pat Wesner said she was driving to work at around 8:15 Tuesday morning when an armored Brinks truck passed her along a stretch of Route 22 right outside Salem when suddenly she saw coins and dollar bills flying everywhere.
"If you saw how the change hit the ground and sprayed out like a halo with the sunshine, I just went, 'Oh my goodness. It's money.' And again with the dollar bills going all over. It was definitely something out of a movie," said Wesner.
Wesner then called 911 to return then more than 11,000 one-dollar bills and $50 in pennies; a move not everyone would do when there had been no witnesses around to see you had just hit the jackpot.
"We were both laughing, picking up money off the ground, and I said, 'I can't even put one dollar in my pocket without feeling guilty about it.' It's not my money," said Wesner.
Wesner and her husband have four children. She'll meet up with her daughter this weekend to celebrate their birthdays. She also has three sons, one currently in college.
"I have a son in Afghanistan right now, and I have a son who's disabled. And he's with me all the time. He's a great kid. He's 26, and we almost lost him this summer," said Pat.
Wesner works for a non-profit and said everybody could use money like that, but believes most would do exactly what she did.
We're told the driver of the armored vehicle did not even realize the money was missing until state police informed him.
Wesner said she did receive a call from Brinks thanking her for returning the money.
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