Large or small Joe Scholl returns all the money he finds to his customers.
Large or small Joe Scholl returns all the money he finds to his customers. John Gass

Honesty is Joe's best policy

JOE Scholl claims to have returned about $10,000 in misplaced money since he bought Wonderwash Laundrymat nearly three years ago.

The Murwillumbah laundry owner, who could quite possibly be Tweed’s most honest man, said he had found everything from rolls of betting tickets, to credit cards and wads of cash in his customers’ clothing, but had always returned his finds.

“I give everything back, right down to the last five cents; if I find it in a machine I put it back on top or fold it up with their clothes,” Mr Scholl said.

“I do it because it is not mine; it is just the right thing to do. I find it very strange that people come across things and think ‘it’s finder’s keepers’.”

Customer Marion Martin has been using the business to do her laundry for the past two years and has experienced Mr Scholl’s honesty first hand.

“He gave me back about $20; it may not sound like a lot but $20 is $20,” Ms Martin said.

“We’re the old school; he gives the money back because he is a good bloke.”

Mr Scholl said he found sums of $100 to $200 fairly regularly, but most memorably he once found $900 in a customer’s shirt pocket.

“An elderly gentleman would come here to have his clothes done and one day he came back saying ‘he was having an awful day’ and had lost his rent money and had to take a loan from the bank to cover it,” he said.

“When I pulled the money out he was so happy he had tears in his eyes.”



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