Colorado man Johnny “Thumper” Duckworth was working as a busboy at Randy’s Southside Diner when he came across an envelope filled with cash.
Duckworth, who has worked at the Grand Junction, Colorado, diner for nine years, was washing dishes and cleaning up the restaurant when he came across the envelope on Dec. 15, the New York Daily News reports.
The envelope was filled with 30 $100 bills, or $3,000.
Duckworth immediately took the cash to his boss, Randy Emmons.
Duckworth later explained that despite needing the money, he refused to keep it.
“It's not mine,” Duckworth told KKCO, according to the New York Daily News. “I work for a living. I make money.”
Darrell Cox, the patron who left the money behind, returned to the diner on Dec. 17 to claim it. After hearing that Duckworth had handed the money in, Cox decided to give the Good Samaritan $300.
“I wrote him a note on the back of an envelope,” Cox said. “It said, ‘Merry Christmas to a super-honest guy.’”
Cox added that Duckworth’s actions made him "feel a lot better about people."
On Dec. 18, Emmons set up a GoFundMe page to help Duckworth recover from his apparent financial problems.
"What an honest guy, finds $3,000 cash on the floor with no witnesses and turns it in," Emmons wrote. "That's the kind of employee I wish all of my employees were."
"His car has broken down and he lives house to house with friends and family," he added. "He doesn't have enough money to get into his own house because of the doctor bills he's aquired that garnish his paycheck every week.
"Thumper works about 25 hours a week at the diner. He would work more hours if they were available.
"This is a good guy who works very hard and that has truly fallen onto hard times."
The “Tip Thumper” account has racked up more than $6,000 in donations.