It’s not every day that someone accidentally sends you extra money, let alone a generous five digit sum. But that is precisely what happened last week to an Orthodox Jewish account holder at Lakewood’s TD Bank branch on Madison Avenue. Seth Freiwald, Vice President, Lakewood TD Bank, shares the details of this anecdote, which has left a powerful impression upon him and his fellow bank staff members:
Isaac* was expecting a wire transfer from a particular corporation. When he checked to confirm that that it came through, he was stunned to discover that the amount wired was $30,000 above what he was supposed to be getting.
Instead of reveling in his good fortune, or even “waiting it out,” Isaac promptly notified bank staff of the error. He then contacted the company that sent the funds to notify them of the error. To his surprise, they insisted that this was the correct amount and he can keep it.
Even after getting this explicit okay, Isaac would not keep the funds – as he knew that they were not truly his. Instead, he contacted the company again in order to prove to them that the amount was incorrect. He then instructed TD staff to wire the full $30,000 back to the sender.
In truth, Isaac did not “lose” a $30,000 windfall. He gained an inestimable zechus on behalf of himself and all of Klal Yisroel.