A Massachusetts boy could have pocketed the $2,000 he recently found in a bank bag, but, instead, he and his dad decided to turn the money over to authorities — a move that led police to give the the 6 year old an “Outstanding Citizen’s Award.”
It all started when little Jasper Dopman was walking with his dad Erik on April 18, and noticed a bank bag on the ground near a local school. After he pointed it out, his dad picked it up and realized someone had misplaced quite a bit of cash, Inside Edition reported.
So, Jasper and his dad called the Arlington Police Department and let authorities know what they had uncovered. Police investigated and found that the bag belonged to Tenoch Mexican Food Corp; a staff member at the restaurant had, indeed, misplaced it.
Jasper’s kind act of calling the authorities meant that the money could be returned to its rightful owner. Plus, the act of goodness came along with its own reward for Jasper and his dad.
On April 27, police awarded the two for their good deed, with Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan saying that the kind act of returning the lost cash “shows the very definition of good citizenship” and he commended their decision.
Jasper had the chance to meet the owner of Tenoch Mexican Food Corp. as well as the employee who had misplaced the cash; he was also given gifts from the restaurant as well, according to the Arlington Police Department Facebook page.
“Erik imparted an extremely valuable lesson on his son,” Ryan said, according to Inside Edition. “It is hard to imagine the panic and fear that sets in when someone loses a large amount of money for their employer. Jasper and Erik did the right thing.”
(H/T: Inside Edition)
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