Money left in restroom returned to family
Published: September 5, 2006 | 4705th good news item since 2003
When Denise Fulk stopped with her family at the Dresbach Travel Information Center on Thursday morning to use the restroom, she took a bank bag in with her. She didn’t want to leave nearly $1,500 in cash unattended in the family pickup.
A few minutes later, the family left on their way to South Dakota — without their vacation money. That re-mained in the women’s restroom.
But through the courtesy of two unidentified strangers, the Arpin, Wis., family got the money back later that afternoon — all $1,488.01.
The Winona County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 2 p.m. from a visitor center employee, who said she had a bank bag containing the money. She told the department that a half-hour earlier, a man and woman had walked into the center carrying a bank bag.
The man who handed over the bag said, “I found this. I never opened it,” and walked away.
A sheriff’s deputy drove to Dresbach and brought the bag back to Winona.
The Fulks reached Albert Lea about 3:30 p.m. and discovered the money was missing. Denise Fulk called an employee at the center, who initially had no idea what she was talking about.
Eventually, the center called the sheriff’s department, the sheriff’s department called Denise, and at 5:30 p.m., Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude met the family in St. Charles and delivered the money.
Whoever found the money, the Fulks, who were traveling and unavailable for comment, want to thank them.
“I don’t know if it’s a reward,” Ganrude said. “It’s probably just a big thank you. Either way, they really want to know who turned their money in.”