A grocery store's customers rewrote thousands of dollars worth of checks after the originals they wrote to the store accidentally were tossed out with the trash, the manager said.

"I feel pretty good about it," said Brian Moon, manager of a Hy-Vee supermarket. "And it's not just getting some of the money back; it's the level of honesty of people."Moon said employees discarded about 300 checks totaling about $18,000. He at first considered them a total loss, but after talking to other business people he decided to make a public appeal to his customers.

He placed newspaper advertisements offering customers who write new checks a gift certificate worth 10 percent of the amount of the new check. By Friday, two days after the ads began running, the store had received checks or promises of checks totaling about $3,000.

"And I anticipate a fairly busy weekend when we will get more," said Moon.