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Updated: 12/25/2013 08:00:00AM

A Punta Gorda Christmas story

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Samantha Knight received an early Christmas present Sunday after one of her customers returned a wad of cash she had mistakenly handed him. The money belonged to another customer, Chuck Behm, who was having lunch at Laishley Crab House where Knight works as a waitress. Behm, who was visiting from Illinois when the incident happened, told Knight to keep the money,
"I kept asking him, 'Are you sure?', Knight recalled. "It blew me away.

To thank Behm for his kind gesture, Crab House management sent him $1,000 in gift cards that he can use at the restaurant the next time he's in Punta Gorda.


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PUNTA GORDA — The cynic would have said, “Ain’t happening — no way.”

But the mystery man from Delaware at the center of a major money mix-up proved the naysayers wrong. Not only did he return the wad of cash one Punta Gorda waitress had given him by accident, he tipped her for her trouble.

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