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A teen from Santa Barbara, California, found a purse with $10,000 and, surprisingly, turned it in to his local police department, BuzzFeed News reports.
In a Facebook post, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office credits 16-year-old Rhami Zeini with helping the purse full of cash find its way back to its original owner. The owner of the cash awarded Zeini with $100 for his honesty. She believes her purse fell off the roof of her car as she was driving.
“To me, I figured this is the right thing to do,” Zeini told KCOY. “I know I would want it back for sure.”
Zeini received an outpouring of praise for his good deed, while others admitted they would not have been so kind. “[You’re] a fine young man Rhami,” one Facebook comment read. “Your parents raised you well.” Other comments of support appeared on Twitter.
Good for him. Not many people do the right thing these days.— Christina (@xtinariechelle) September 17, 2018
When a person does something wonderful, as this young man did. Sets an example of what we all are instinctively. We shouldn't question why. We should embrace it for what it is. The soul of humanity is within us and messages like this helps the world pause and take notice.— Brett (@Brett36270509) September 17, 2018
Others questioned why the owner was walking around with so much cash on hand in the first place.
I think he might have given it back because he was smart enough to realize that purse belonged to a drug dealer and probably didn't want to deal with retribution. Just sayin.— Avery Nelson (@karkas132) September 17, 2018
Teen returns $10k in to a woman who carelessly lost it. She gave him 1% of it as a reward. Good deed or not I personally would feel like it was a slap in the face. Who walks around with $10k in cash like that in the first place?— Superwolfe™ (@RebelNightwolfe) September 17, 2018
No one questioning why she had 10,000 in her purse? Surely a dealer?— ChadNUFC (@chadb243) September 17, 2018
The teen doesn’t seem to regret his decision to return the money, though.
H/T BuzzFeed News
Alexis Tatum studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Orange magazine and the Daily Texan.