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Senate to recognise woman who returned ATM cash

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Senate is to recognise Ackaisha Green, the mother of two who recently found a large sum of cash in an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) on East Queen Street in downtown Kingston and returned it.

According to a Parliament advisory, Senate President Tom Tavares-Finson invited Green to attend Friday's meeting of the Senate and will personally congratulate her for displaying honesty. Afterwards, she is to be publicly recognised by members of the Senate.

Her mother, who gave her a heavy tongue lashing over returning the money, has also been invited to attend.

The 24-year-old woman, who could have done well with the money she found, said her mother had described "her as the stupidest of all my children". However, she subsequently defended her mother's action, stating that she was just angry.

Green is to meet with the President of the Senate and Parliamentary officials immediately preceding the meeting of the Senate.

The young woman was inside the ATM at Central Police Station with her son Joshua recently, when she stumbled upon a stash of cash, suspected to be in the millions of dollars, in a large, transparent plastic bag. But she felt it was not hers to keep and handed it over to the police.

The move by the Senate is the latest in a series of positive responses to Green's action.

When the Jamaica Observer visited the honest woman at her home on Jameson Street in central Kingston a few weeks ago, she expressed that she wanted to pursue a housekeeping course at HEART Trust/NTA in order to sustain her family.

Last Tuesday, her hope became a reality as the agency not only had her complete an assessment paper but named her its first ambassador.

In addition to admitting Green to the housekeeping course, the HEART Trust/NTA presented her with a gift certificate that will cover the cost of completing levels I and II at its Learning For Earning Activity Programme (LEAP) Centre.

The NCB Foundation, Bank of Jamaica, and KingAlarm Limited have also expressed an interest in assisting her.

Other Observer readers pledged to help but said they wanted to do so without fanfare.

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