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Domino’s Customer Discovers Chicken Wing Box Stuffed With $5K in Cash

She had a surprisingly hard time returning the money

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Usually when are restaurant makes a mistake on an order it’s a disappointment. But occasionally, it’s a fortunate mistake that results in free cheesy bread or, in the case of one woman’s takeout order, a giant stack of money.

ABC 7 reports that an employee at a San Jose, California, cellphone outlet Selena Avalos had ordered a box of chicken wings from Domino’s during her lunch break on Tuesday. However, when she returned work and opened the box, Avalos found something far more valuable inside — $5,000 in cash. Avalos said she knew immediately the money was the restaurant’s bank deposit and tried calling the Domino’s location to speak with a manager. Surprisingly, the customer claimed she didn’t hear back from the pizza chain outpost for more than 24 hours. After reaching out to the local news, Domino’s corporate connected her with the franchisee.

While she didn’t keep the money, Avalos’s honesty paid off. As a thank you for returning the giant wad of cash, Domino’s is giving the helpful customer free pizza for a year. She also earned a week off with pay from her job.

Perhaps it’s time for Domino’s to rethink the way it packages bank deposits because this isn’t the first time money has been mistaken for an order by the chain. Last fall, a man in Berkley, California, found $1,300 inside his Domino’s chicken wing box. Fortunately, the delivery driver was allowed to keep his job.

San Jose Woman Ordered Chicken Wings, Got Thousands of Dollars Instead [ABC 7]

Moral Domino's Customer Returns $1,300 Found in Chicken Wing Order [E]