A Norman parking lot attendant blessed with good fortune Wednesday said he still can't believe it.
Mike Hay is a disabled Veteran who makes $28 a day working part-time at Campus Corner. Hay said Wednesday afternoon, a man in a red Ford pickup truck with dually wheels and a California tag pulled into the Campus Corner lot. Hay said the man said a few kind words to him and “Merry Christmas.”
Hay said the man then handed him a white envelope, then eventually drove away. Hay said he had to attend to other vehicles who were parking, but when he got around to looking inside the envelope, he found $1,000 in twenty dollar bills.
“It's something I'll never forget,” he said. “It was a freaky deal. I just couldn't get over it. I still won't get over it how he picked me.”
Hay said the man didn't give him his name. Travis Wommack operates Hurts Donuts, one of the seven businesses at Campus Corner. He said the fact Mike Hay got that money was probably not exactly random. He said Hay routinely goes over and above what is asked of him for his job.
“It rekindles your belief in the human spirit and that people care,” Wommack said.
And Mike Hay didn't keep all the money. Wommack said Hay distributed part of his windfall to other people he knew…who needed a little extra help for the Holidays.
“That one guy's generosity is probably touching ten people at this point,” Wommack said.