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Broke Teen Finds Wad Of Cash - Instead Of Keeping It, Finds Rightful Owner

It's not easy when your family is broke and living month to month. This is especially true when you're a teenager. One family was struggling financially, and their sons were at school one day and had no money for lunch. The older teen decided to take a few coins he scraped up to the 7-11 across the street for a soda to share with his brother. That's when he stumbled upon thousands of dollars.

Tommy O’Connor was walking across the street toward the 7-11 to get the drink when he found a wallet that contained 'a bunch of hundreds'. He didn't bother to count it at the time, but it turned out to be 23 hundred-dollar bills.

Being hungry and with no lunch money, Tommy could have had a feast, and could have had plenty left over to help out his mom and dad, or to go crazy with frivolous impulse buys. But those thoughts didn't even occur to Tommy. All he could think was that he needed to get the money back to whoever lost it.

"I just thought it was probably someone’s rent or something,” Tommy said.

The young man forgot about his grumbling stomach or the soda he planned to bring back to his brother. He hurried over to the school and employed the help of a teacher's assistant. They managed to contact the owner of the wallet - a veteran - who was very happy to be getting his money back.

Shortly after, Tommy got a text from his mom. She heard about his good deed and wanted to praise him for it.

“I’m very proud of you son. Ms. Klara called me. Wow your [sic] one in a million. Love you to the moon and back,” she wrote.

But Tommy didn’t even want to take the praise; he threw it back to her. "You should be thanking yourself You raised me," he responded.

The teen was very worried that someone who needed that money was going to be in trouble if they didn’t get it back. “Mom, if it doesn’t get back to the right person, they won’t pay their rent,” he told his mother.

Tommy's dad is very proud as well. “With us living month-to-month, it is a big chunk of money and I’m so proud of him that he did that,” said Ron O’Connor to KPIX News.

As a reward for his honesty, the veteran gave Tommy $50. But feeling good about doing the right thing is something that he will enjoy for the rest of his life.

“I’m just doing something I wish everyone else would do,” Tommy said, not understanding why everyone is making a big deal over it. As far as he’s concerned, he just did the right thing.

It’s good to know that there are people like Tommy in the world. Looking at kids like Tommy can make you feel hope for the future.

Source: KPIX, Fox 5
Photo: KPIX Screenshot

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