Busboy Johnny "Thumper" Duckworth showed great integrity when he found an envelope full of $100 bills on the floor of the Grand Junction, Colorado, diner at which he works and turned it over to his boss, Randy Emmons. Emmons was well aware that Duckworth could have used the money, and in gratitude for Duckworth's honesty, set up a "Tip Thumper" page that has received nearly $30,000.
Today.com reports that when Thumper discovered the money on the floor of the diner on December 15, he did not have a home, a full-time job, or a vehicle. He was sleeping on friends' couches and riding his bike to work despite the cold and snow.
But that did not stop him from turning the envelope over to Emmons, who found that it contained $3,000. He was impressed that Thumper did not think twice before turning the money over to him. "He's one of the most honest people I know," said Emmons. "That's life-changing money for him, and for him just to turn it in like it's nothing, that's something to me."
When asked why he did not keep the money, Thumper responded, "I did what I did because I got a heart. I love the customers here. They treat me really good and I give them the respect right back."
The money, as it turned out, belonged to Darrell Cox, a frequent patron of Randy's Southside Diner. Cox intended to use the money for his Christmas shopping, and had not realized that the money had fallen out of his pocket.
As a reward for Thumper's integrity, Cox gave him a $300 tip. "It made me feel good to know there's people out there in this world who are still super honest," said Cox, 74. "If he had taken that and put it in his pocket, I would never have known where it went."
But Emmons wanted to do even more for Thumper. He created a GoFundMe page entitled "Tip Thumper," with the goal of raising $3,000 to help Duckworth get a place of his own.
As of January 21, the page has raised $29,265, with donations from over 1,000 people.
"I never thought in a million years ... we would generate this much attention for Johnny. Thank you everyone for your donations," Emmons posted on the page.
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|Title Annotation:||THE GOODNESS OF AMERICA; honesty of busboy Johnny Duckworth to return an envelope with money|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Date:||Feb 8, 2016|
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