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Honest Teen Returns Purse with $10,000 In And Get's $100 reward

Honest Teen Returns Purse with $10,000 In And Get's $100 reward

They say no good deed goes unrewarded and this was definitely the case for one honest teen who found a purse with $10,000 (£7,610) in and handed it in to the police.

Rhami Zeini, 16, was driving home from high school in Santa Barbara when he noticed a black purse lying in the road.

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Credit: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Credit: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

When he went to recover the purse he discovered it had a wad of cash in with a total of $10,000.

Let's be honest, a lot of people would've taken the cash and run for it, but not Rhami.

He decided to tell his parents about the incident and hand the money over the police. In return he went home with a $100 (£76) reward.

Santa Barbara Country Sheriff praised the teen's honesty in a Facebook post.

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They wrote: "In a world where we are bombarded with bad news, we are excited to share a positive story with you. On Wednesday, 16-year-old Rhami Zeini was driving home from school when he saw a purse in the roadway near Turnpike and Cathedral Oaks.

Credit: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Credit: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

"When the Laguna Blanca High School junior looked inside the purse he saw a large amount of cash. He tried to find contact information with a phone number for the owner but could not.

"He got a hold of his parents and they drove to the Sheriff's Office and returned the purse with $10,000 dollars inside.

"Police were then able to track down the owner and return the lost purse to her. They said she was very grateful to get it back and thinks she lost it by leaving it on the roof of her car then drove off.

"As a token of appreciation she gave the young man $100 of the cash," they added.

"Thank you Rhami for doing so many things right from observing the purse in the first place, stopping to get it, contacting your parents for help and for turning it in."

Rhami, the young boy with a big heart said he was just doing what he would want someone else to do if he lost something valuable.

Some people have critisised the woman for only rewarding Rhami with $100 when it was $10,000 he found.

Credit: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Credit: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

One person commented: "I would have given him more than $100 that's a lot of money she could have lost forever."

Another person added: "What a cheapskate $100 really? I would have gave him $1,000 for returning it."

A third got a bit sarcastic and said: "A $100 reward - well, she was soooo generous!"

For Rhami it wasn't about a reward or more money, he says his conscience is clear after returning the cash.

"To me, I figured this is the right thing to do," Zeini told KCOY-TV.

"If I take it and find whoever's purse it was because if the roles were reversed and I had lost something with a significant sum of money inside, I know I would want it back for sure."

Featured Image Credit: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Topics: News, world news

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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