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Filipina Starbucks worker honored for honesty

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A Filipina worker at a Starbucks coffee shop in Dubai was feted for her honesty in finding and returning Dh195,000 (P2.753 million) cash to a forgetful customer.

Dubai Police cited Mae Anne Olmidillo, 27, a branch manager at the Starbucks outlet in Dubai Mall, for helping return the bag with the cash to its owner.

Olmidillo also turned over two checks for Dh500,000 and Dh6,250, a check book and some documents of the man who left them in the coffee shop.

“This recognition is a great honor for my colleague and for me as a Filipino. It is my personal conviction to return any lost item regardless of its monetary value. I believe in the Golden Rule ‘Do unto others what you want others to do unto you’. So when I saw the contents of the bag, I did not think twice of returning the bag to the owner,” she said (https://gulfnews.com/uae/filipina-starbucks-worker-in-dubai-mall-honoured-for-her-honesty-1.66292618).

Police called on her to honor her in the presence of her workmates.

“I call on residents and citizens to follow May Anne’s example if they ever find themselves in a similar situation. She is a true example of honesty,” said Colonel Rashid Mohammad Al Shehi, deputy director of the Bur Dubai police station.

He added recognizing honest residents and workers encourages positive behavior in the society and cooperation with the police.

Olmidillo said the incident happened at about 6 p.m. last April 18. She said two of them were there at the time when they saw the bag.

“It is our protocol to check what’s inside the bag first in order to know whom to return it to, but we can only do it with a witness and on camera. I immediately alerted my district manager and our loss-prevention officer on what to do next,” she said.

Olmidillo said the owner was not aware that his bag was missing when Dubai Police called him.

Last Aug. 29, Dubai Police visited Olmidillo’s branch to fete her.

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