By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Benny has continued to be active in spreading cheer in Keizer.
In the May 2 issue of the Keizertimes, there was a story of Terry Fristad, the retired Keizer man who found a $100 bill inside the package of socks he had purchased at the Keizer Safeway on April 27.
Following a suggestion from his mom, Fristad checked and, sure enough, the name “Benny” was written on the bill.
Others have reported similar stories.
On May 2, Mary Lindquist had a tale to share.
“I also got $100 on the same day, in the same place,” Lindquist said. “I found them in Oreos. It also had ‘Benny’ written on it. I was waiting for someone to pop out, like on ‘Candid Camera.’ It was kind of fun.”
Lindquist hadn’t decided yet what to do with the money.
On May 4, Jerry Crane wrote about his experience.
“My son opened a box of cereal on May 2 and found one of the ‘Bennys’ inside,” Crane said. “It came as a great blessing for the family.”
Erika Farkas shared her story on May 10.
“My husband and I were happily surprised by Mr. Benny today,” Farkas wrote in an e-mail. “We couldn’t believe it because we hadn’t seen what the new $100 bills look like so we thought it was a fake.”
Farkas and her husband Nolan recalled similar stories from last year in Salem and searched online, coming across the May 2 story.
“We also plan on stopping by the Safeway and letting them know as well,” Farkas wrote. “Our hope is that Mr. Benny somehow gets our message of gratitude. We would like to thank him because he doesn’t know this but my husband and I are expecting our first baby in two weeks and my husband will lose his job as of May 19 so every little bit counts for us right now and he certainly gave us a helping hand.”
Kelli Schmidt e-mailed her story Tuesday after finding a Benny treasure.
“I just got one tonight, found it in a box of squeezable applesauce I bought last Friday at Safeway on River Road,” Schmidt wrote. “Totally surprised! I’m going to give it back to the community, though I haven’t figured out how yet.”
If you have a Benny story, feel free to contact us at 503-390-1051 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.