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Restaurateur's mistake puts £35,000 in Theresa's bank account
5:00pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
THERESA Clewley thought her luck was in when she was paid £30,000 - for one week’s work.
A bank glitch saw the Colchester resident mispaid not once but twice for doing promotional work for the Stockwell, in West Stockwell Street, Colchester.
Theresa was first accidentally paid £5,000 in February.
Her bank details were wiped from the system after the Stockwell realised the mistake and she gave the money back.
But a server upgrade saw her details accidentally reinstated.
When the Stockwell’s owner, Robert Morgan, went to pay his staff their £30,000 wages last month, the money went straight into Theresa’s account instead.
Theresa, of Hazelton Road, said: “It was a bit of a shock really.
“Robert rang up and said there had been a little bit of a mistake.
“I thought it was a nice little Christmas bonus when I saw. I said to him ‘when is the next flight out to Marbella?’ “It’s a good job he rang me though. I rarely use that bank account so I would have been quite happy with my quarterly statement when it came through.”
Good samaritan Theresa did not think twice before handing the money back for a second time.
She gave Mr Morgan a check on Friday night.
Theresa, 61, said: “There was never a question of me keeping it.
“I had to try and figure out a way of giving it back because it was such a large amount of money there were problems with the bank.
“I must admit they looked at me strangely at the bank when I explained.”
Mr Morgan, who reopened the Stockwell in March, has thanked Theresa for returning the money for the second time, enabling him to pay his staff.
He said: “The butt of the joke is on me but I don’t care. It’s just nice to see an honest person out there.”
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