"Honey, you're not going to believe this."
That was what Greg Terry told his wife, Stacye, when he opened a bag after returning home from a recent trip to the McDonald's drive-thru in Hermitage, Tenn., with what they thought was their breakfast order.
Instead, it was thousands of dollars in cash wrapped in clear plastic bags — a bank deposit that had been placed in a paper bag and mistakenly given to the Terrys by a McDonald's drive-thru employee.
"The second that [Greg] said it was their deposit, my first [response] was, 'Let's get in the truck and take it back,'" Stacye told Tennessee's Newschannel 5. "There is no other way to have it. I couldn't live with myself."
Both McDonald's and the employee were grateful for the Terrys' honesty.
"We are grateful for this customer and the action they took upon realizing our error," Phil Gray, owner and operator of the Hermitage McDonald's, said in a statement. "We are looking in to why this mistake happened, but what is most important to us is knowing that we are part a community with the values that were evidenced by this person's actions."
The Terrys were not given a reward, except for a great story to tell.
"This will never, ever happen again in our lifetime," Greg Terry said.