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Wegmans employee earns reward for honesty

A missing wallet with $1,500 was returned to its rightful owner last month, thanks to Manlius resident Brian Robbins.

Robbins found the wallet while working in Outside Services at Wegmans -- a position he's held for 14 years. While he's been known to find cell phones and items of lesser significance in the past, he's never found something of this much value.

Robbins turned in the wallet with all its contents to the service desk where employees tracked down the owner through her license information.

"The woman came back, thanked me and called me very honest," he said, adding that she rewarded him with $40. "I thought it was great. I thanked her."

The Wegmans customer told Robbins she was headed to her mother-in-law's landlord to pay the rent, hence the large sum of money.

In a situation that could easily tempt the best of us, Robbins took the high road. Why?

"I was sitting in the Market Caf (c) one day on my day off and I lost my wallet," Robbins said. "I didn't even know I lost [it]. They paged me while I was shopping, and they gave me my wallet back and everything was in it, so I try to do the same for everybody else."

His character also reflects his upbringing.

"My parents always taught me to be honest," he added.

Robbins, whose job responsibilities include rounding up carts, maintenance and helping with groceries, said he loves working directly with shoppers.

"That's my favorite part of the job," Robbins said. "All the customers know me by name."

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