Skip to comments.Ohio 8-year-old turns $20 into priceless gift
Posted on 03/01/2014 7:23:20 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
It happened at a Cracker Barrel, of all places. As the security camera shows, Dailey entered the restaurant on Feb. 7 for an early lunch. At about the same time, 8-year-old Myles Eckert came in with his family.
Myles was very excited. He'd just found a $20 bill in the parking lot. He'd started thinking of what he could spend it on.
"I kind of wanted to get a video game, but then I decided not to," Myles says.
He changed his mind when he saw the guy in uniform.
(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...
Guys in uniform traveling for the government are are on FULL per diem and have their meals covered.
Don’t have to be in uniform to get per diem. I rarely travel in uniform due to OPSEC concerns. And if your travel on orders is just 1 day (for instance...I am flying to Seattle)...you get 75% per diem for travel days. I always calculate it like this: If my TDy is 7 days long...and I have 1 travel day on the front end and another on the back end...I take the per diem amount for the location and multiply by 6.5. that will tell me what my per diem check will be.
hmmm You sort of missed the point.
In my neck of the woods. While at work we can hear/see the Ohio Air National Guard fly over quite often. Good to see that one of their brigades just returned from Kuwait.
That photo of the young man hugging his father was priceless...and sad.
Well.... the youngster didn't offer to pay his meal tab. He gave the soldier the $20 to do with as he needed.
The soldier didn't use it on his bill. He 'payed it forward' to another deserving individual, in honor of what the child did for him.
Speaking as one who usually doesn’t care for ‘feelgood’ stories, I loved this one. Very touching.
Way to go Myles, and thank you to all our service men and women for your sacrifices.
That’s a good kid, and a good mom bringing him up right.
Read the crazy comments on CBS. Some sick puppies out there!
You can say that again.
I did. *sigh*. I guess there is always some asshat who feels obligated to slam a story no matter how touching or good. I imagine these are people who are just hate-filled Twinkles.
but guys in uniform traveling home to meet their families are not on full per-diem, and they get paid less than minimum wage.
I don’t cry easily but that photo brought tears into my eyes.
What a wonderful thing you did Myles.
But you should’ve kept $2 because Obamas IRS will be contacting you for the unreported income.
That made the monitor all blurry...
Heart warming storing for sure but does it strike anyone else as disconcerting that the kid was generous with “found” money? Does anyone teach their kids that “found” money belongs to the unfortunate person who lost it and that attempts should be made to return it to its rightful owner?
Try substituting a Greenpeace activist for an National Guard member and see if you think the kid should have kept the money.
And WTF is your point?
He found it in a parking lot. I guess he should have just stayed there asking anyone if they had lost a twenty!
No. There are ways to at least attempt to give the owner a chance to reclaim the lost money without just giving it away to a liar wrongfully claiming it.
If you're referring to turning it into the police you might as well stay in the parking lot. Or are there other methods I'm not aware of?
Can’t we just accept a heart warming story without trying to dissect it or make political statements about it?? Take a look at the pic of the young man hugging his dad’s tombstone and if that doesn’t melt your heart I don’t know what can!
I think you need to read this again.
Besides how would an 8 year old know that and where was paying for this man’s lunch even mentioned?
There are ways to give the owner of the lost money a chance to claim it? In a parking lot no less. Share your wisdom....
I assume describing the lost money is out so maybe the boy should have asked everyone if they lost anything and what it was? Just in case. Or how about asking for the serial number?
...and not only missing the point of the story, know that NG and Reserves in uniform aren’t always on orders.
Group hug time so we can feel good, that is important, but the kid was doing good with someone else’s money. This would have been heartwarming if it was his grass cutting money. If he had given it to a Greenpeace activist there would have been a completely different reaction on this forum.
How about an opposing sad story? Like it was an old crippled person’s $20 who goes to Cracker Barrel once a month as a treat and this was the $20 they were going to give to their grandchild for their birthday? Wouldn’t it be nice for them to get their $20 back?
Conservatives are supposed to have principles that extend beyond “if it feels good do it..”.
He should have found someone at Cracker Barrel and told them he found some money outside and asked if someone had reported some money lost. If not he could have left a contact number so he could be reached if someone did try to claim it. He didn’t need to disclose how much was found or give it to anyone.
It was in the freaking parking lot! It could have blown in from anywhere!
And stop with the boo hoo little me alternative sob story. I'll win the lottery tonight because that's the same odds as your speculation.
As to leaving a contact number, stop living on the planet unicorn.
I found a dollar once, I guess I should have tried to locate the owner.
Your sense of doing the "correct" thing suggests you have a rather rigid sense of right and wrong foregoing the situational reality.
The reporter just HAD to squeeze a little snark in there.
Journalists...without question, the lowest life form on earth.
Thank you CS, for posting this!
Canteen PING to a few friends!
I read a follow up story that said Myles stood out in the parking lot for two hours asking everyone he met if they had lost $20..........Since he couldn't find the owner, he and his mom got hungry so they went inside to eat.
Really, he did.....
Chances are pretty good that 9 out of 10 people he might have asked would have said they lost it, even if they had NOT.
You know that as well as I do.
That being said, while a lot of kids are of the “gimmee, get me, buy me” persuasion, this little boy did something wonderful!
I am proud of him and for him.
Perhaps his young father was wondering what would happen to his son as he was dying, who knows?
He can rest in peace knowing his little guy is gonna be a wonderful man when he grows up.
That boys Mom is doing an outstanding job with him, and I salute them both!
Thanks for the ping! :)
This is true. OTOH, it is appropriate to consider that from the child's POV. Namely, that he knew that it had come to him gratuitously, and not a result of his own effort. And that there was no way obvious to him (or, I confess, to me) to return it to its rightful owner. As to the "gratuitous" nature of the find, it is instructive to the Christian to consider it in relation to "the Lord's Prayer," a.k.a "the Our Father," a.k.a. "the model prayer" (since it was given to the disciples as a model, and was not presented as Jesus' own prayer to the Father):Our Father in heaven,Notice if you will that, our own efforts notwithstanding, we are to consider our food, and indeed all our possessions, to have come from God. IOW, I see no difference between the food set before that same child by his mother, and the $20 which came from his Heavenly Father.
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
Hot Tabasco, Thank you for adding further clarification. I would appreciate a link for the follow up but taking you at your word I will express my UTMOST admiration for the young man.
“Your sense of doing the “correct” thing suggests you have a rather rigid sense of right and wrong foregoing the situational reality.”
Right and wrong does not fluctuate with the “situational reality”. Situational ethics is the bastion of left wing liberalism and the bane of the conservative mind.
It's out there somewhere, I'm sure you might be able to find it...........
Group hug time so we can feel good, that is important, but the kid was doing good with someone elses money. This would have been heartwarming if it was his grass cutting money. If he had given it to a Greenpeace activist there would have been a completely different reaction on this forum.
How about an opposing sad story? Like it was an old crippled persons $20 who goes to Cracker Barrel once a month as a treat and this was the $20 they were going to give to their grandchild for their birthday? Wouldnt it be nice for them to get their $20 back?
Conservatives are supposed to have principles that extend beyond if it feels good do it...
He should have found someone at Cracker Barrel and told them he found some money outside and asked if someone had reported some money lost. If not he could have left a contact number so he could be reached if someone did try to claim it. He didnt need to disclose how much was found or give it to anyone.
*group hug* is right! Sorry for jumping on you but I saw no way for him to return the money and I ‘spoke’ without thinking.
Thanks for the info which by the way has nothing to do with this great story.........
LTC Dailey is assigned to the Ohio ANG there in Toledo so he's not on a TDY assignment........But you knew that.....LOL!
BUT, maybe as an officer he has an expense account? I'm sure you know the answer to that question.....What do you think?
Is there anything more gratifying then when someone returns a lost item to you? Maybe tracking someone down to give them back their lost item?
As mentioned above this kid did try to return so he and his mother have my respect.
Thank you for posting this ConservativeStatement & thank you for the ping Ms B~!
Such a great story.
You are welcome. The photo was powerful.
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