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Boy Resists Temptation, Returns Cash-Filled Wallet

What would you do if you found a bunch of money: keep it or find the rightful owner? It is a frequently asked hypothetical question that challenges a person’s honesty and morality. However, few are ever faced with having to decide how to respond to such an unexpected financial windfall.

Liftbump.com reported that Tommy O’Connor recently faced the dilemma when he discovered a wallet containing $2,300 on the ground outside a convenience store across from his high school in Fremont, Calif. “I didn’t count it when I saw it; I just thought it was probably someone’s rent or something,” he told KPIX TV.

The young man knew right away what he would do. He turned the wallet over to a teacher’s aide, who was able to identify the military veteran who had lost it. When O’Connor’s mother, Sherry, learned about the incident, she sent her boy a text message stating: “I’m very proud of you son. Ms. Kalra called me. Wow your one in a million. Love you to the moon and back.” The teenager responded: “You should be thanking yourself you raised me.” He explained to a television reporter: “I’m just doing something I wish everyone else would do.”

Liftbump pointed out that O’Connor and his family are not wealthy. They survive on a small income that prevents them from being able to save money or get ahead. The boy did not even have enough cash to buy lunch the day before he found the wallet, according to KPIX. The grateful veteran did give O’Connor a $50 cash reward.

Source: Lift Bump

Photo: San Francisco CBS Local

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