|Cristy Sangalang, (left) Chelsey Walker and Agnes Fajardo, are all involved in finding a big pile of cash at the Fairway Plaze McDonald's in Lethbridge, Alberta. (Supplied)
CALGARY — With the cash she found at McDonald's, Chelsey Walker could have gone to Las Vegas or Mexico for a little vacation.
Instead of pocketing the money, the McDonald's staffer turned the envelope over to police after no one came back to claim the small treasure.
Walker, manager of the Fairway Plaza McDonald's restaurant in Lethbridge, Alta., was being hailed by police Thursday for turning in the cash.
Walker said the money belongs to a customer who went to the restaurant on Sept. 10 sometime between 1 and 1:40 p.m. and left it on the counter next to a till.
"All I kept thinking was somebody somewhere was having a very bad day," Walker said in a telephone interview from Lethbridge.
"That could be somebody's rent or damage deposit or both. Somebody needed that money for something.
"It's definitely a lot of money. Somebody would have had a great week, or a trip to Las Vegas or Mexico."
Walker wouldn't divulge how much cash was there -- several people have already come in trying to claim it and police are staying mum on the sum, which only the rightful owner knows.
Walker said those who tried to claim the money must have heard about the found cash somewhere, but they were not able to describe the envelope and how much was in it which was why she referred them to police.
It wasn't the first time that Walker was involved in finding the rightful owner of valuable items found at a restaurant, she said.
A few months ago, when she was working at another McDonald's location in Lethbridge where she and her staff found a purse with some cash, a passport and other valuable items.
The items were eventually returned to the rightful owner.
Lethbridge police commended Walker for doing the right thing.
"Police wish to publicly commend the McDonald's staff member who turned the money in. Thank you for your honesty and integrity," the service said in a release.