Car wash worker returns stimulus check discovered in trash

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP/NBC) — A car wash worker in North Carolina found treasure amid the business’s trash when he discovered a $1,200 IRS stimulus check mixed in with the garbage.

Antonio Hernandez was taking out the trash at the Greenville car wash when he spotted the payment in the can and the man who it belonged to had no idea it was there.

“I never thought I was going to get a check, because of moving in the past year and my address not changing, and out of the blue Michelle (Alvarez) told me she found it at this car wash,” said Charles Thompson of Greenville.

Hernandez and Alvarado were able to track down recipient Charles Thompson, who said he was not even expecting to get a check after recently moving to a new address. A check that, quite frankly, couldn’t have come at a better time for him.

“I was behind on rent, I work construction so I work by the day, and I just try to keep going and going as best I can,” Thompson told the news station. “That money helped put me ahead and put me on the right track a little bit, to get back on my feet.”

Hernandez and Alvarado added that they were happy to help connect Thompson with the lost funds, even though they and Thompson had no idea how the check ended up at the car wash in the first place.

“It was very important for him to receive that check, especially in these uncertain times,” Alvarado said.

Thompson, an Army veteran, said he works in construction and was getting behind on rent. That check made a huge difference.

“It’s just been not easy, and it’s not easy for a lot of veterans,” Thompson said. “We just don’t like to talk about it a lot. It’s the little things like that that kind of make you emotional.”

The IRS has been sending the economic impact payments to millions of Americans around the country as part of a rescue package aimed at combating the economic effects of shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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