An unemployed Illinois man who found $150,000 stashed in his backyard over the summer was criticized by some for turning the duffle bag of cash over to the police. Though Johnsburg’s Wayne Sabaj could have used the cash, he said at the time that keeping it wouldn’t have been the right thing to do.
“I haven’t worked in two years. Yeah, I was like, I could really use this money,” the man told ABC Chicago in August. “With my luck, it would be bank robbery and I’d get caught and say I’d robbed a bank.”
Sabaj’s story made national headlines, and many wondered what the unemployed carpenter would do with the cash if he were able to keep it. The first thing he would do? Get his teeth fixed, he told the Chicago Tribune.
When Dr. Xhelo Shuaipaj heard Sabaj’s story, he was touched and decided to help. Shuaipaj’s Elite Dental Care Centers based in suburban Downers Grove offered to fix Sabaj’s teeth for free.
“(The dentist) must be a nice guy to turn around and do (this) for me. I was just glad to hear it,” Sabaj told My Suburban Life. “My teeth are terrible. I have no front teeth. The rest are loose and they all hurt,” he said.
Sabaj reportedly needs dentures, and made his first visit to the dental office Monday. Gaurav Malhotra, Marketing Director for Elite, told HuffPost Chicago that Sabaj should have his new dentures in by mid-November.
“Somebody asked him, what would you do with that money? Boy, if I could keep that money, his name is Wayne, he said, I would get my teeth fixed ’cause I’ve had trouble with my teeth. So when we heard that, we said that was a really nice thing he did. We want to pay it forward,” Dr. Shuaipaj told ABC Chicago.
The money has not been claimed, and it could go to Sabaj if no one comes forward by late 2012.