BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (June 10, 2014) — Ryan Michaud puts the “honest” in “honest day’s work.” The man Michaud helped is calling him a ‘Good Samaritan.’
Michaud, a delivery driver for two years at a Pizza Hut in the Battle Creek area, received a pretty hefty cash payment. A customer on Princeton Avenue handed him, not one, not two, but $300.
Michaud said he realized the amount he received when he got back to his truck.
He said, “When I opened up my hand, I saw these hundreds and 20s. So I knew right away it was wrong. So I turned around in the next driveway.”
Like any honest person, he gave the money back.
“Easier said than done. A lot of people don’t know that you’re supposed to tip, but a lot of people ain’t got the money to tip,” Michaud said.
Michaud wasn’t expecting a call from a news crews wanting to talk about his good deed. A friend of a friend told FOX 17 about Michaud’s honesty.
By day, Michaud does odd jobs to make ends meet. “Trying to support six kids and a wife, you know how it goes,” he said.
By night, he’s a delivery driver for Pizza Hut in the Battle Creek area, as he works to support a large family.
Michaud recalled the customer “was like ‘oh thank you, thank you.’ He actually, he meant to give me $35. So it kind of worked out. It worked out for both of us. I got an extra $5. He got his $300 back, obviously.”
When asked what the moral of the story is, he said, “Always be honest I guess. Good things will come to you eventually.”
FOX 17 spoke with the man who overpaid, Keith Evans, over the phone. He said if there’s a Good Samaritan award, it should go to Ryan Michaud.
Evans said he had the money all set to go before the delivery. When it came time to pay, he reached in the wrong pocket.
So what would you do?