El Paso Waitress Returns Cash Envelope to Man
Lizeth Naranjo, a waitress at Guadalajara Restaurant in Downtown El Paso, ran after a man who left a wad of cash in an envelope on the cafe’s countertop Wednesday.
He had already disappeared from the street, so Naranjo, 32, stored the $138 in a drawer in the back of the restaurant in case the man returned to claim it.
Consumed with anxiety, Richard Rechy, 60, schlepped back to the restaurant the following day with a faint hope someone had saved his cash, which he was going to use to pay off a library fine dating back to his time as a New Mexico State University student in the late 1980s.
Naranjo on Thursday said she recognized Rechy right away and produced his money.
“I joked that I had spent it already,” Naranja
said. “I knew he was upset about it, so I wanted to cheer him up.”