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Customer returns the money; store manager makes a rude remark

multi-million dollar corporation offers $100 gift certificate as a reward for his honesty

By Jeremy Lazarus

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Richmond Free Press

(TriceEdneyWire.com) — J. J. Minor ordered a fried chicken dinner from Bojangles Famous Chicken’ n Biscuits and instead he received $4,500 in cash in the box that was supposed to contain the chicken.

Bojangles’ customer James "J.J." Minor feels insulted by a manager’s remark made when he returned fast food chicken box filled with cash. PHOTO: Sandra Sellars/Richmond Free Press
Bojangles’ customer James “J.J.” Minor was insulted by a manager’s remark when he returned fast food chicken box filled with $4,500. PHOTO: Sandra Sellars/Richmond Free Press

Minor, who lives in Richmond, Virginia, wasn’t pleased when the chicken he ordered at a Bojangles’ drive-through window was cold.

So he asked the cashier at the chain’s outlet at Laburnum Avenue and Nine Mile Road to replace his order with hotter food.

Instead of piping hot chicken, he found “a bunch of cash and SunTrust deposit slips in my box,” Minor said.

The box contained about $4,500, he said.

Minor, chair of the Richmond Democratic Committee, said he was worried that “someone was trying to set me up.” He parked his car and rushed inside to return the cash,  but he still had questions.

Minor asked, “Why am I receiving this type of money? Is this a setup? Is someone stealing?”

When he asked what would have happened if he hadn’t returned the money, the manager responded with what Minor considered a smart remark: “We would’ve called the authorities on you.”

He said he quickly felt his good deed was not appreciated.

“Most folks would just have driven off and learned about their find after they got where they were going,” he said.

If Minor was looking for a sizeable reward, he didn’t get it. Another manager came out to his car, offering effusive thanks and a complimentary tailgate party. Minor said he didn’t want it.

He did, however,  call the Bojangles  corporate headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.  Bojangles reported a fiscal second-quarter net income of $6.33 million on $120.51 million in revenues for the three-month period ending June 28, 2015.

While the company is checking to make sure the mistake would never happen again, Minor said the company offered him a $100 gift certificate. He turned it down.

“In the end, it’s not about a cash reward,” he said. “It’s about doing the right thing and not being disrespected by employees of a big corporation when you do.”

 

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