UPDATE 1-Waiter turns over $32,000 in cash left at Applebee's in California
(Adds details through to reflect exclusive interview with the waiter)
By Alex Dobuzinskis
LOS ANGELES Dec 18 (Reuters) - An Applebee's waiter in central California turned over $32,000 in cash that a family forgot at a table, an amount that exceeds his annual salary after taxes, because it was the right thing to do, the waiter told Reuters in an exclusive interview on Friday.
Brian Geery, 33, said he found a canvas pouch at a table in the restaurant where he works in Fresno after a family finished eating, and noticed a rectangular shape inside.
He showed the pouch to his manager, who suggested it might contain medicine, and at his boss's suggestion Geery opened the pouch to check.
The rectangular shape was a stack of bills.
"I couldn't believe it, I'd never seen so much cash in my life before," Geery said.
Carrie Hellyer, Applebee's regional director, said Geery declined a reward from the family, and initially withheld his name from media outlets wishing to cover the story.
"He just said that he did it because it was the right thing to do and he didn't want the right thing being overwhelmed by anything else," Hellyer said. Continuación...