Burien St. Vincent Store Manager Finds, Returns Valuable Coin Collection

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The old saying “Finders Keepers” could’ve been easily used as an excuse, but instead, Burien St. Vincent de Paul thrift store manager My Hong Bui chose to “Do the right thing” when she found a box of valuable collector coins in a donated dresser.

That’s right – she managed to track down the donor of the dresser, and the grateful, rightful owner was set to pick them up the coins Wednesday.

Some of the found & returned collector coins.

“Although we take donations of all kinds, these coins were mistakenly included in the dresser drawer. We are glad to return them and are grateful that our Store Manager did the right thing,” says Richard Bray, Director of Donor & Community Relations, Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County.

This isn’t the first time this kind of thing has happened – last August, $10,000 was found stuffed in a projector at the Lynnwood St. Vincent de Paul Store and the charity did the right thing then – they found the donor and returned those funds.

St. Vincent de Paul is known for its home visits to the poor, community thrift stores and food and meal programs which provide more than 1 million meals annually. In addition St. Vincent de Paul has case management outreach to homeless people and ex-offenders in the Central District of Seattle. More than 87,000 hours of volunteer service is given annually to help neighbors in need.

The Burien St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is located at 13445 1st Avenue South (206-243-6270), so next time you’re there be sure to tell My what a good egg she is.

St. Vincent de Paul Store Manager My Hong Bui shows where she found the valuable coin collection. Photos courtesy St. Vincent de Paul.

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4 Responses to “Burien St. Vincent Store Manager Finds, Returns Valuable Coin Collection”
  1. Coverofnight says:

    Yea….go Catholics!

  2. Jack says:

    Can we clone this woman?

  3. fred sanford says:

    lamont you big dummy

  4. Eric says:

    What a great person and well deserved credit goes to her, but she followed property law. When you give away, in this case a dresser, title passes for the dresser. But if there is something inside, or even hidden in the dresser that was not intended to be given away, title to what was not intended to be given away does not pass, it stays with the original owner. So here St Vincent had title to the dresser, but not the coins.

    What makes My Hong Bui so worthy of praise is she did not try to cheat the donor. We should not be measured by what we do when everyone is looking, but what we do when no one is looking. It sounds like the manager did the right thing, even when no one was looking!

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