I can tell you that honesty and character are alive and well in a young man who works at the Stop & Shop supermarket in Fairhaven after he returned found money.

My friend went to our local Stop & Shop Tuesday evening. She picked up a few items for the three of us – two humans and Milo the Wonder Dog. She also did a cashback transaction at the register for $50 so she would have some walking around money on her.

When she got home, she discovered she didn't have her receipt and she didn't have her cash. She started going through her bags and her SUV looking for the money. She couldn't find it anywhere.

Back at Stop & Shop, Nathan had found the cash in the rain-soaked parking lot. The twenty-something employee could have stuck the money in his pocket. Everybody could use an extra $50 these days.

Back at my house, the tensions were running high. How do you lose $50 in cash walking from the store to the car?

My friend called the store and guess who answered the phone at the customer service desk? Nathan. At this moment, he could have told the lady on the phone that nobody had turned in the cash and he would have been in the clear. Instead, he told her that he had found the money and she should come down and pick it up.

That is integrity, and that is just the kind of employee a corporation should move up the ladder of responsibility.

We gave Nathan a gift certificate to a local restaurant and a 10 percent cash reward for returning the money.

It is nice to know people like Nathan exist.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at chris.mccarthy@townsquaremedia.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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