Provided by Atlantis Paradise Island
Honesty Pays! Just ask Bahamas Waste truck driver Shawn Adderley, who was recently surprised with a weekend stay inclusive of meals at the iconic Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Back in June, The Bahamas Waste driver recovered a piece of luggage that fell off a tour bus in-route to Lynden Pindling International Airport. The luggage was the property of an Atlantis guest who was returning to his home state of Pennsylvania. Adderley’s honesty, however, helped to save what could have been a spoiler to a beautiful vacation.
The missing piece of luggage was tracked and immediately shipped to its grateful owner, but that wasn’t the end of this positive story. On the morning of Aug. 17th, Adderley was asked to leave his duties and report immediately to The Bahamas Waste corporate office on Gladstone Road. An explanation of why he had to return to work was not given. Upon walking through the door of Bahamas Waste, Adderley’s boss quickly quelled his obvious concern that something serious had transpired; explaining that he was summoned to receive a “surprise” gift from Atlantis.
Gregg Skowronski, Vice President and General Manager of Operations, The Royal, surprised Adderley by presenting him with a 3-day 2-night stay at the newly renovated Royal and a signature Atlantis baseball cap.
“We just wanted to thank Shawn Adderley as he went the extra mile to do the right thing,” Skowronski said. “When the story came to our attention, we found it absolutely outstanding that Shawn found it in his heart to stop, pick up the luggage, and ensure that it was returned to his boss and later to the guest, intact.
“It’s honest gestures like those displayed by Shawn that sheds a positive light on our tourism industry and The Bahamas as a whole. It is our hope that others would take a page out of Shawn’s book, realizing that honesty is truly the best policy and it always pays off in the long run.”
Francisco de Cardenas, Managing Director of Bahamas Waste referred to the gesture offered by Atlantis to Shawn Adderley as “absolutely amazing.” “Atlantis is such an amazing corporate giver, and to recognize one of our employees is really amazing,” de Cardenas said.
“We would really like to thank everybody who was involved in putting this little gift together for him. Not everybody is the same, but when
you do have somebody that shows this type of honestly, and ensures that the right thing is done, I applaud everybody involved for rewarding him.”
Meanwhile, Shawn Adderley says he plans to make use of his 3-day 2-night stay at Atlantis very soon. He beamed that he was very surprised to receive the certificate of appreciation because he was simply being honest and doing his job by returning the lost piece of luggage.
“I was on my way to the landfill and when I stopped at the light, I saw the bag in the road, so I stopped, picked up the bag and headed to the landfill to finish my work off,” Adderley explained. “When I arrived at the yard [Bahamas Waste], I told my supervisor that I found a bag, and everything is history from there. I am very, very surprised and I am very happy that I got rewarded.”