UC Davis retiree Mary Jane O’Neill didn’t think twice about “doing the right thing.”
When she opened a bank pouch she found on the morning of Aug. 19 in a puddle of water on C Street in downtown Davis, her eyes widened. A thick stack of green bills greeted her.
Enclosed was a bank deposit receipt for $832.10 from the First Northern Bank.
“When I turned it in to the bank, the bank official called the manager of YoloBerry Yogurt and he came in immediately and said one of his clerks was robbed at knifepoint the night before,” O’Neill said. “The thief must have dropped it.
“Everyone seemed to be all smiles and a little giddy to get their money back,” she posted on her Facebook page Aug. 26. “I was rewarded with a $100 gift card for frozen yogurt! Now I’m taking all my friends out for treats!”
O’Neill retired in March 2013 as an administrative assistant with the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program. An avid writer and artist, she authored “Images of America, Dixon,” published in 2005 by the Arcadia Publishing Co., and this year won first-place for her watercolor entry at the Yolo County Fair.
She is also a two-time winner in the Dixon May Fair Hogcalling Contest, winning third place in 2013 and fourth in 2014. The first year she called the hog with her cell phone, “Hello, is hog there?” and the hog trotted over to her. This year, she sang her rendition of “The Days of Swine and Roses,” delighting the judges and spectators.