ROSEBURG, Ore. - What would you do if you found a thousand dollars cash on the ground?
On Monday morning, Andrew Lee Bachmeier of Roseburg faced that very question.
As the 28-year-old drove down Knoll Street in Roseburg, he noticed money scattered in the road. He stopped to take a look - and found an envelope crammed full of cash.
All told, he had just found $1,025 in cash.
What would you do?
Here's what Bachmeier did: He called the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Bachmeier said he has two daughters and was trying to set a good example.
"There's no way I could have lived with myself knowing that was somebody's rent check or house payment," he said, "and they had to make up for it, you know being that short."
Later in the day Monday, a 31-year-old man called and reported losing an envelope full of money when he left it on the roof of his car and drove away. The sheriff's office reunited the money with its owner.
Andrew said while driving back home after finding the money, there was little question about what to do. "It was spent before I got home in my mind, I mean, I had lots of things I wanted to buy," he said.
"Doing the right thing works better, and I hope that people out there understand that even in a rough economy like it is right now, it's still better to do the right thing. If it's not yours, you shouldn't take it."
Officers say that not everyone would give the money back.
In honor of Bachmeier's actions, Sheriff John Hanlin presented him with a commendation for honesty and meritorious actions at a 2:30 p.m. presentation Wednesday.
Hanlin read a statement to Andrew, saying, "I commend you for your honesty and integrity. You are proof that the true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching."