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Chick-Fil-A Employee’s Kind Act Turns Into Nine-Year Friendship With Sunday School Teacher Who Lost $1,200

Jacob King found the money that Long dropped on the floor, and worked hard to return it to its rightful owner.

Victor Long, a Sunday school teacher, was shown kindness by a fast food employee who returned $1,200 that he lost on April Fools Day of 2015 while eating breakfast at Chick-fil-A. That incident has turned into a nine-year friendship.

Long was sitting at a Decatur, Georgia, Chick-fil-A when a stack of cash fell from his pocket. Long, who intended to deposit money in the bank, was unaware of the loss until he visited the bank.

According to The U.S. Sun, Long, a civil rights attorney, didn’t know where he had dropped the money because he had traveled to so many different places that day. So, he accepted that he had lost all of it and didn’t retrace his steps.

“I figured anybody who found the money, the way people need things now, probably never was going to come back,” Long said. “I hoped that whoever got the money would need it and I was satisfied with that. And I thought that if someone who found it needed it, it would be a blessing to me.”

Luckily, a kind Chick-fil-A employee found Long’s cash, which had been not picked up for 14 minutes. The employee, Jacob King, decided to do the right thing. King recalled being worried about whoever had lost so much money.

“I just looked down and I saw a little green square thing on the floor. I picked it up, and I was a little worried that somebody was missing that much money,” King said.

King brought the money to his manager and the two began searching for the cash’s rightful owner. With the help of the local news station, they identified and found Long. 

The Sunday school teacher was struck by the kindness of King and the rest of the workers making such an effort to return his money to him. “That shows the goodness in him as well as the goodness in this establishment,” Long said, “that they have good people here. Good honest people who are willing to work and to serve.”

King assured that it was no big deal, as he was just following his principles.

“You only really have two ways to go about things, there’s the right way and there’s every other way. And that’s pretty much all there is to it.”

The incident turned into a friendship.

Following the exchange, Long and King talked. Long invited King and his mother to attend their church as guests and to join him and his wife for Sunday dinner.

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