Spangles employee receives Helping Hand for finding, returning cash-filled purse

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EL DORADO, Kan. In early August we told you about a Spangles employee who found a purse containing thousands of dollars and was able to return it to the owner.

We were impressed with her character and example.

On August 1st Rene Steven, the Director for Operations for Spangles Restaurants posted on Facebook praising one of her employees in El Dorado.

Paige McDaniel is that employee. Equally impressed, we arranged to meet her.

"We wanted to surprised you with a Helping Hand and give you $1,200 for what you did," said Scott Evans "Oh, thank you," said Paige McDaniel. "That's so nice. Wow. I didn't expect that at all."

It's the unexpected that typically catches our attention. There are too many examples of people forgetting something somewhere only to go back and find it gone.

When what you forgot contains $7,000 in cash, meant to go towards a new car, you hope and pray good people still exist. Paige is one of those people.

"I would have gone crazy if I lost that much money," said McDaniel.

The first year student at Bulter Community College found the purse wedged between a table and some chairs.

To this day, she does not think what she did is exceptional. And for someone like her exceptional is probably normal.

When she met with Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James she told them she plans to use the money to pay for college.

"Doing the right thing when nobody is watching is always the sign of the highest level of integrity. And Paige, for your great deed for a family in need, we're naming you the Helping Hand recipient of the week," said DeVaughn. "Thank you so much, it's such an honor, honestly," said McDaniel.