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Teen Makes Surprising Decision After Finding Wallet Stuffed with $100 Bills

Tommy O'Connor is a 17-year-old high school senior from Fremont, California who was getting ready to get a beverage for him and his younger brother. He didn't have enough money for lunch, but he did have enough for a couple of 7-11 sodas. So, he walked across the street from Irvington High School to get their drinks. That's when he found a wallet, stuffed with money, on the ground. Without even bothering to count it, he rushed it back to a teacher's aide Ana Gomez. It was discovered that the wallet had 23 $100 bills.

Tommy told KPIX-TV “I didn’t count it when I saw it. I just thought it was probably someone’s rent or something." Gomez told the Fremont Bulletin Newspaper, “He was so concerned about finding the wallet’s owner. No other option even occurred to him. He immediately knew what he had to do.” One of Tommy's teachers, Dipa Kalra, said “Tommy has always been that kind of person — he’s very empathetic to other students. I called his mother and told her she should be proud. He never thought of himself, only what the wallet’s owner was feeling.” His father, Ron O'Connor, said “With us living month-to-month, it is a big chunk of money and I’m so proud of him that he did that." The wallet was found to belong to a military veteran who then gave Tommy $50.

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