Throwback Thursday: The unintentional Taco Bell giveaway

(Originally written July 4, 2013)

If you go through the Taco Bell drive-thru in Grand Rapids, Michigan, you could be $3,600 richer!  No, this is not part of a nationwide promotion—but rather due to the incompetence of a few employees who actually handed away the day’s earnings.  As CBS News reports, “Three people who ordered food at a Taco Bell drive-thru in western Michigan got more than just a burrito. They were handed $3,600, all of it outside the bun.”  No word as to whether it was nestled inside a cheesy gordita crunch, although the news site notes “The money was in a store bag for deposit at a bank.”

Not surprisingly, the recipient of the Taco Bell bounty thought she had been punked.  “I thought it was a joke,” said Kennidi Rue, 18, of Holland, Mich. “I thought we were on camera.”  But even though Ashton Kutcher didn’t jump out from behind the screen, the teenager still felt bad enough to give the money back.  I guess that makes her the most honest person in Michigan…

Then again, as CBS reports, Rue’s boyfriend and his friend “are National Guard members who were in Grand Rapids for training.”  So if she kept the money, they’d hafta arrest her, right?

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