Airport Cleaner Who Turned in Lost $13K Honored for Honesty

Cleaner who found iPad with cash inside awarded for his honesty

By Julia Bagg
|  Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013  |  Updated 5:18 PM EDT
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Cleaning service worker Patrick Morgan was honored for his honesty at an award ceremony Wednesday morning. He talked about finding a big wad of cash in an iPad case.

Cleaning service worker Patrick Morgan was honored for his honesty at an award ceremony Wednesday morning. He talked about finding a big wad of cash in an iPad case.

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A cleaning service worker who returned an iPad containing $13,000 in cash he found at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was honored for his honesty at an award ceremony Wednesday morning.

Patrick Morgan was working an early shift at the airport last month when he came across the iPad that had been left behind at a bar in one of the terminals. When he opened the case, he spotted the big wad of cash.

"I opened it first and I see the money and I closed it back," he said.

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Morgan, of Patrick's Cleaning Service which works for Sunshine Cleaning Systems Inc., immediately turned in the iPad and cash to the airport communications center and Broward Sheriff's Office substation.

Minutes later, the owner, who had returned from a trip to Las Vegas, came back to the bar and Morgan told him where he could find the money and iPad.

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The iPad owner gave Morgan a $60 reward, which Morgan passed on to a homeless woman.

At Wednesday's ceremony, the Broward County Aviation Department honored Morgan for his honesty and hard work, and Sunshine Cleaning awarded him $625, which is equal to one week paid vacation. He says he'll keep it.

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