The Upbeat Everyday Acts
  • Ever see someone drop a $20 bill on the street? Pocketing it can be mighty tempting. Now, put yourself in the shoes of 32-year-old Wal-Mart employee Bismark Mensah, who stumbled upon an envelope with $20,000 inside.

    Mensah, who makes $9.19 an hour at the Wal-Mart in Federal Way, Wash., didn't just return the cash to Leona Wisdom and Gary Elton -- he sprinted after the couple to catch them before they drove off. The Seattle Times recently did a profile on Mensah. The incident occurred last October.

    After he gave Wisdom the envelope, Mensah said, "She was like 'Wow! Tears are coming out." Mensah said the grateful woman tried to offer him a reward but he refused. The money was going to be used for a down payment on a house, according to the Seattle Times. They had cash because they didn't want to wait for a personal check to clear.

    File photo of Walmart store (Chris Hondros/Getty)File photo of Walmart store (Chris Hondros/Getty)

    Mensah, who immigrated from Ghana in 2012, had been helping the couple load their purchases in their car. After they began to drive off, he spotted the

    Read More »from Wal-Mart employee finds and returns $20,000 to customers
  • MTA worker Danny Hay (photo courtesy Danny Hay.MTA worker Danny Hay (photo courtesy Danny Hay).

    This past Sunday started out a day like any other for Danny Hay. At 7:30 in the morning, the 55-year-old MTA train operator was walking down the platform at the Delancey Street Station in Manhattan, getting ready to begin his shift and take the F train to Brooklyn.

    Then something happened. "I heard a loud noise," Hay told Yahoo News. "I looked and I saw a man had fallen onto the tracks, between the rails. He was convulsing. He was having a seizure."

    Hay went for his radio immediately. "I tried to contact our control center, but I wasn't able to do so at that time." Hay ran up to the station booth. "There was a station agent working," he said. "I told the lady to call the control center and have the power [to the train] turned off."

    Hay then ran back down to the platform where he saw "not just the injured man on the tracks. There were two good Samaritans who had jumped down on the track to help the man."

    That's when things got even more dramatic. "I could feel the air pushing through

    Read More »from New York MTA worker’s quick thinking saves lives


(72 Stories)