Car Salesman Discovers $10,000



Paul Anderson is your typical car salesman; making his daily calls and filling out paperwork.

Yesterday, Anderson was trying to move a truck his dealership had just purchased, when he stumbled across a small lunch bag behind the passenger seat.

"I picked it up and noticed it was kind of heavy," said Anderson, "I opened it, and it was full of fist-sized bundles of hundred dollar bills."

Anderson found more than $10,000 in cash and coins.

He says he immediately got out of the truck, tracked down his general manager, and had him get ahold of the person they purchased the truck from -- it turns out the money belonged to a man in Hawaii, who sold the truck for his parents.

"You never know what that amount or what that money represented to that person, what it was going to be used for, but you just know it was important to get it back to him," said Anderson.

Stewart Subaru's GM Mark Prater says he's seen a number of unusual things come through his shop over the years.

However, this has to be one of the biggest things, and he's glad his employee handled it the way he did.

"You know, it's an interesting industry where sometimes the automotive industry kind of gets a bad rap," said Prater, "He made the right decision. I hate to say it, but in today's world, a lot of people probably would have walked the opposite way instead of running toward their superior and try to do the right thing."

"Things are just kind of different here, everybody's pretty close," said Anderson, "I think there's an awful lot of people here who would have done the same thing."

To his co-worker's he's the new posterboy for honesty and integrity, but to Paul Anderson, it's just another day on the job.

"Oh yeah, gotta sell some cars."

The person who sold the car to Stewart Subaru wasn't in town today, but we spoke to him in Hawaii and he plans on thanking the dealership personally when he returns to Yakima.