Man reunited with money after dropping and losing it in Georgia restaurant

Jacob King of the Chick-fil-A in downtown Decatur gives Victor Long the hundreds of dollars Long accidentally left at the restaurant last week. (Photo: WXIA 11Alive News)

Mystery solved: We now know who it was that accidentally left hundreds of dollars in cash of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Georgia.

The unidentified man came forward on Friday, answering the question about who dropped the cash onto the floor of the restaurant — and then walked out not realizing he’d dropped it. The man later recovered his cash and was extremely grateful to the employee who’d found it.

The man was identified as Victor Long, an Atlanta attorney who practices civil rights law.

According to WXIA, Long walked into the restaurant on Friday to meet the honest, young employee who found the cash, Jacob King. King immediately placed the money in Long’s hands with a smile.

Long was at a table at the restaurant eating breakfast when the restaurant’s security camera shows the cash falling to the floor. It was a large portion of a $1,200 bank deposit Long was preparing to make for his business. The video shows the cash remaining there untouched in the busy restaurant for 14 minutes, until the Chick-fil-A employee, Jacob King, spotted it.

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

King brought the money up front to the manager. The restaurant’s operator, John Crays, tried relentlessly to identify and find the man who’d dropped it, showing customers a photo of him taken from the video, hoping someone would know him.

Long says he didn’t notice the missing money until he got the to bank. He said that he though he’d never be able to figure out where he’d lost the money and feared he would never see it again.

“I had gone to so many places that day, I didn’t even think about backtracking, because I figured anybody who found the money, the way people need things now, it probably never was going to come back.”

Long never realized anyone was looking for him. After seeing the video of himself on local news station 11 Alive, Long contacted Chick-fil-A Friday morning, and went there Friday afternoon to meet King and to thank him, personally.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” he said.

“That shows the goodness in him as well as the goodness in this establishment,” Long said, “that they have here good people. Good honest people who are willing to work and to serve. And I can’t imagine what Chick-fil-A had to go through to find me, and they made a tremendous effort to find me and to make sure I got the money back.”

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

Long and King spoke for several minutes before Long passed the employee a ‘thank you’ and a sealed envelope. Then Long got in line, smiling and chatting with the employees behind the counter before ordering lunch at his favorite restaurant.

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