ST PETERSBURG. (WFLA) On Thursday morning, Crown Hyundai used car technician Brett Cadoratch was cleaning out cars that had recently been traded in at his dealership. While combing through a Hyundai Elantra, he spotted something. Cadoratch said, “I saw [an] envelope and I’m thinking, ‘Oh it’d be nice if it was full of money, and it was.”
It was stuffed with $10,000 in cash. “All hundreds. Brand new,” he recalled.
Let’s be honest, Brett is human. “I can pay off my house,” he said.
But he has a heart too. He said, “Obviously you think about keeping it, but I knew I couldn’t. I wasn’t raised that way.”
So he took it to his manager Chris Sanborn and together they tried to find the owner. Sanborn said, “Its one in a million that you’d ever have a chance to help someone like that.”
They soon discovered the car belonged to a 70-year-old woman who had recently been widowed. Her husband had stashed that money away as a surprise gift before he died.
The mother wants to remain anonymous, but her daughter, Belinda Sawyers, is in awe. Sawyers said, “For that individual, to be honest, to give that money back, says a lot about the person and about the company that he works for, and we just wanted to say thank you to him because he’s an extremely special person.”
Sawyers said her parents were married for 47 years. Her father died about two years ago. Sawyers said her mom struggled to finally decide to finally sell the Hyundai.
She said, “It was special, it was the car that my father had purchased for her and that’s why it was such a difficult decision to finally get rid of it.”
Her mother has struggled to cope since the loss. “It’s been extremely difficult. He was her best friend,” said Sawyers.
Sawyers said this blessed gift is a reminder that dad is still caring for mom. “He’s still around. Even though he is not here with us in body he is still here with us in spirit,” said Sawyers.
For Cadoratch, it was just the right thing to do. He said, “It wasn’t mine, I wasn’t raised that way…plus if it had been my money, I would’ve been going nuts.”
It was a belated gift that was found at just the right time.
On Friday, the owner returned and gave donuts to the whole service department. And she gave a very special gift to Brett as a thank you.