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Monroe, NY - Chasidic KJ Resident Returns $2,475 Accidentally Given To Him By Bank Teller

Published on: April 14, 2016 11:05 AM
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Joseph Waldman, owner of Simi’s of London in Kiryas Joel returning the money to  teller Fran Keeshen on April 13, 2016Joseph Waldman, owner of Simi’s of London in Kiryas Joel returning the money to teller Fran Keeshen on April 13, 2016

Monroe, NY - A Kiryas Joel resident is being praised for his honesty after returning over $2,000 in cash erroneously given to him by a bank teller yesterday.

Joseph Waldman, owner of Simi’s of London in Kiryas Joel, had gone to the Sterling National Bank branch on Route 17 in Monroe on Wednesday morning to arrange a wire transfer.  While bank manager Debra McCarron was putting the transfer through, Waldman took advantage of the opportunity to cash two small checks that he had received from customers.  Because the checks had been drawn on the same bank, the teller did not ask Waldman for any identification in order to cash the checks.

“I asked her to give me a few rolls of nickels and the rest in singles,” Waldman told VIN News, explaining that he needed change for his store.

Waldman said that as the teller handed him the money, Ms. McCarron called him over to discuss the wire transfer.

“I didn’t want the bank manager to wait so I thanked the teller and just put the money in my pocket and ran back to the manager,” said Waldman.

It wasn’t until Waldman left the bank and took the money out of his pocket that he realized that the wad of bills he held in his hand was far more substantial than it should have been.

“I felt right away that it was too much,” said Waldman.  “It looked like hundreds of dollars. I counted it out and then counted it again saying to myself, ‘this can’t be right.’”

Not knowing the name of the teller, Waldman called McCarron immediately from his store to advise her of the mistake.

“I didn’t want to the teller to have problems,” said Waldman. “She would see that she was missing a big amount of money in the drawer and she would go crazy.”

Waldman said that McCarron was busy with a customer when he called and when he hadn’t heard back from her an hour later, he called the bank again.  McCarron, who was unaware of the mistake, told Waldman she would look into the matter, calling him back again a few minutes later saying that the teller had inadvertently cashed out the $25.00 check at $2,500.

Waldman said that despite the fact that the bank hadn’t asked him for any kind of identification, it never occurred to him to keep the money.

“They never would have been able to find out who cashed the check,” said Waldman.  “The check was made out to cash and they had me sign the back but my signature is unrecognizable.  The manager said that she doesn’t know anyone else who would have returned the money but I told them that it was my duty and my obligation to return it even if they didn’t know who I was.”

The teller, Fran Keeshen, said that she had only looked at the numerical amount on the check instead of also reading the words that spelled out the written amount.  Mrs. Keeshen said that she was extremely grateful to Waldman for his honesty.

“When I first found out about the mistake my first thought was, ‘what are you talking about?’” said Mrs. Keeshen.  “But when we researched it we realized the mistake. I thanked him very much and told him I couldn’t believe he would be honest enough to come back and bring the money back.”

“I’m very happy and very, very appreciative,” added Mrs. Keeshen.  “He was very, very nice about it.”


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 Apr 14, 2016 at 11:21 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

Beautiful. Kiddush Hashem

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 11:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Wow what a Hero ! He should be honored by Borough President Eric Emed

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 11:18 AM Yoli Says:

at the end of the day when tellers fall short of their daily closing station the teller and manager don't go home till the shortage is accounted for,either my error or missing. The normal procedure is they review every transaction and pin point where the money went and then they look back on surveillance camera and they can see who they handed the extra money to. I am sure in this case they would of seen the teller handing out more bills then she was supposed to and they would of seen who got the extra money.
I am trying to understand when someone gets $2500 instead of $25 dosent he see it on the spot.? you really stuff in all that cash in your pocket and only realize it on the way home.? something smells fishy with this story and I will leave it by that.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 11:29 AM LionofZion Says:

He is a good Jew. We should all be inspired to do the right things in our own lives.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 11:33 AM common-cense Says:

Reply to #3  
Yoli Says:

at the end of the day when tellers fall short of their daily closing station the teller and manager don't go home till the shortage is accounted for,either my error or missing. The normal procedure is they review every transaction and pin point where the money went and then they look back on surveillance camera and they can see who they handed the extra money to. I am sure in this case they would of seen the teller handing out more bills then she was supposed to and they would of seen who got the extra money.
I am trying to understand when someone gets $2500 instead of $25 dosent he see it on the spot.? you really stuff in all that cash in your pocket and only realize it on the way home.? something smells fishy with this story and I will leave it by that.

Do you have somthing against Mr. Waldman?

Give credit where credit is due!!

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 11:35 AM disappointed Says:

Wow, Yoli, (#3), would it have bothered you so much to say "what a kiddush Hashem" people are always multi-tasking, on their cell phones.... no, he didnt "chap" right away and immediately called the bank to let them know....... Takeh, mi kiamcha Yisoroel!

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 11:45 AM bennyt Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Wow what a Hero ! He should be honored by Borough President Eric Emed

He should run for President of the United States!

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 11:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
LionofZion Says:

He is a good Jew. We should all be inspired to do the right things in our own lives.

Yes indeed Mr Waldman is a good Jew and a proud member and activist of the Satmar anti-zionist community

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 11:53 AM Rockland Mom Says:

I made my way to his KJ store 2 years ago from Rockland because of the polite service Simi's of London offers (as opposed to some other stores in Monsey. Mind you since the competition grew, things changed), and now this article, i am not surprised.. Nice appreciative people. Good luck.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 12:08 PM LionofZion Says:

#8, I don't know Waldman, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he has better things to do than waste his time fighting against Israel and Zionism.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 12:16 PM MMNSY Says:

Reply to #3  
Yoli Says:

at the end of the day when tellers fall short of their daily closing station the teller and manager don't go home till the shortage is accounted for,either my error or missing. The normal procedure is they review every transaction and pin point where the money went and then they look back on surveillance camera and they can see who they handed the extra money to. I am sure in this case they would of seen the teller handing out more bills then she was supposed to and they would of seen who got the extra money.
I am trying to understand when someone gets $2500 instead of $25 dosent he see it on the spot.? you really stuff in all that cash in your pocket and only realize it on the way home.? something smells fishy with this story and I will leave it by that.

Yoli, One of the checks were for $25.00. Only ONE of them. Cant you read? Perhaps the other check was for $1000.00? Nothing smells fishy but your comment.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 12:25 PM Mike27428 Says:

Reply to #3  
Yoli Says:

at the end of the day when tellers fall short of their daily closing station the teller and manager don't go home till the shortage is accounted for,either my error or missing. The normal procedure is they review every transaction and pin point where the money went and then they look back on surveillance camera and they can see who they handed the extra money to. I am sure in this case they would of seen the teller handing out more bills then she was supposed to and they would of seen who got the extra money.
I am trying to understand when someone gets $2500 instead of $25 dosent he see it on the spot.? you really stuff in all that cash in your pocket and only realize it on the way home.? something smells fishy with this story and I will leave it by that.

You are absolutely right.
There is no way they wouldn't have tracked him down eventually. Anyone with any experience with banks would know this. It's hard to say though if he did realize the money was 2500 because she may have given him 25 hundreds which he may have thought were 25 one dollar bills. Hard to know what he was thinking. In any event, the guy did return the money, whether he was scared or whether because he felt the moral obligation. For a change it reflects positively on Jewish people....that's something to be proud of big or small.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 12:25 PM WiseDude Says:

This is a newspaper story? What's the big deal, that a Jew acted honestly? Seriously that merits press coverage and everyone patting themselves on the back? How low we have fallen!

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 01:06 PM Chaim Says:

Reply to #3  
Yoli Says:

at the end of the day when tellers fall short of their daily closing station the teller and manager don't go home till the shortage is accounted for,either my error or missing. The normal procedure is they review every transaction and pin point where the money went and then they look back on surveillance camera and they can see who they handed the extra money to. I am sure in this case they would of seen the teller handing out more bills then she was supposed to and they would of seen who got the extra money.
I am trying to understand when someone gets $2500 instead of $25 dosent he see it on the spot.? you really stuff in all that cash in your pocket and only realize it on the way home.? something smells fishy with this story and I will leave it by that.

He got the extra money between a few rolls of coins. The teller put it all into one bag. He only saw it after he left.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 01:14 PM Anonymous Says:

This is a great story. I am just not sure why he took all the videos and pictures?

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:11 PM The_Truth Says:

What a shanda. No idea why this is news or made a deal about it.
A simple mistake and a Jew does the right thing. End of story. No need for it to be in the media. Taking pictures of all the additional cash; taking a video of the phone call to the bank?!
Ridiculous.
Makes us all look like we'd all keep the cash but THIS is a rare exception.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:19 PM Monsey Says:

If u notice in her store in Monroe she has a $2000 check hanging on the wall apparently someone gave her a check from a closed account.
She pointed it out to some customers as they wanted pay with a check for their merchandise.
Most stores do not except checks anymore for a while.
Nice people thank you for sharing the article.
No snobbish there they serve customers nicely, unlike some kids stores in Monsey.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:19 PM Mechi2012 Says:

What he did is a Kidosh Hashem, but if he wouldn't of return the money the bank would of cought it by the end of the day and Mr Waldman would of gotten arrested, and that would of been a Chillol Hashem.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:31 PM shvache_teritz Says:

Reply to #3  
Yoli Says:

at the end of the day when tellers fall short of their daily closing station the teller and manager don't go home till the shortage is accounted for,either my error or missing. The normal procedure is they review every transaction and pin point where the money went and then they look back on surveillance camera and they can see who they handed the extra money to. I am sure in this case they would of seen the teller handing out more bills then she was supposed to and they would of seen who got the extra money.
I am trying to understand when someone gets $2500 instead of $25 dosent he see it on the spot.? you really stuff in all that cash in your pocket and only realize it on the way home.? something smells fishy with this story and I will leave it by that.

Read the article again fishy Yoli.
It does state that he asked for singles, therefore he was expecting a nice wad of cash.
Klotz kop

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

This is a great story. I am just not sure why he took all the videos and pictures?

That's what he does all the time promoting himself.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
common-cense Says:

Do you have somthing against Mr. Waldman?

Give credit where credit is due!!

No the poster has nothing against you Mr Waldman!

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
WiseDude Says:

This is a newspaper story? What's the big deal, that a Jew acted honestly? Seriously that merits press coverage and everyone patting themselves on the back? How low we have fallen!

Its not even that he acted honestly he was just afraid getting caught.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:49 PM shvigger Says:

Why all this publicity? Did he return the money photographer in tow, or what?

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:56 PM MMNSY Says:

Alter, he must be a zolly and you are an aroiny or vice-versa.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:57 PM mewhoze Says:

some people only look to say bad things. so sad.
I for one think it was a Kiddush Hashem. stop trying to read between the lines to make it evil.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 02:57 PM RocklandRes Says:

Reply to #13  
WiseDude Says:

This is a newspaper story? What's the big deal, that a Jew acted honestly? Seriously that merits press coverage and everyone patting themselves on the back? How low we have fallen!

Well maybe that a Satmar from KJ acted honestly...

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 04:51 PM yoli Says:

Reply to #5  
common-cense Says:

Do you have somthing against Mr. Waldman?

Give credit where credit is due!!

yes I do but don't like to do it in public, I can do it face to face

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 05:18 PM Erlich Says:

Reply to #3  
Yoli Says:

at the end of the day when tellers fall short of their daily closing station the teller and manager don't go home till the shortage is accounted for,either my error or missing. The normal procedure is they review every transaction and pin point where the money went and then they look back on surveillance camera and they can see who they handed the extra money to. I am sure in this case they would of seen the teller handing out more bills then she was supposed to and they would of seen who got the extra money.
I am trying to understand when someone gets $2500 instead of $25 dosent he see it on the spot.? you really stuff in all that cash in your pocket and only realize it on the way home.? something smells fishy with this story and I will leave it by that.

I agree with you. It's hard to get away with so much money, with all the video.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 04:56 PM yoli Says:

ok I do pull back my words. maybe he never realized all the extra money he got but I don't see the need to record someone without telling them they being recorded but of course this is yossel waldman style.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 05:07 PM heyward Says:

I pick up cash from the bank and before i leave the bank i know how much i got. I am glad that Mr. waldman didn't realize until after Pasach that the bank made a mistake. How fishy this whole story is. A little publicity for SIMI'S from here on my wife will only shop at Simi's SOLD

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 06:48 PM Boroch Says:

About five years ago, in my community, there were thousands of dollars which somehow flew out of an armored car, while it was in transit. While some pedestrians and drivers scooped up some cash and ran, others were more honest and returned the money. One was a very frum Rabbi, who together with his children retrieved some money, and took it to the local police station. I'm sure that the cops were impressed, when they saw them coming in with the money, and returning it.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 10:24 PM Normal Says:

I love these stories describing it as a revolutionary peledik event when it should be the norm. It's just showing that most people are thieves and liars if they can get away with it.

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 Apr 14, 2016 at 10:26 PM Normal Says:

I also agree that most people would know the difference between two small notes and at least 25 large notes.

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 Apr 15, 2016 at 08:55 AM fairisgood Says:

If you read the story you can see that Mr. Waldman was supposed to get a large amount of notes, And he did get a large amount as he expected,
Except it was in much larger denominations, instead of SINGLES, it was in Hundreds & Fifties, placed behind the few singles,
As you clearly see in his photos when he showed off the money, so he was supposed to get the same numbers of bills as he got!
So before anyone makes a judgment, you have to think and find out the whole story, the entire store!
And give Credit where Credit is Due.
Thanks Mr. Waldman for making a Big Kiddush Hashm

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 Apr 15, 2016 at 02:56 PM DOVE1 Says:

After all the chilul hashems he made the last 30 years ,no kidush hashem will help this nut case

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