A California teen who found a lost purse on the side of the road could have walked away with a handful of cash, but he decided to do the right thing instead.
Rhami Zeini, 16, was driving on a Santa Barbara street last week when he noticed the handbag at an intersection, the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.
When Zeini looked inside, he found $10,000 in cash.
At first, he searched the purse to find any trace of the owner’s identity, including her cell phone number.
The teen then went to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and turned in the cash.
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Deputies were able to track down the owner, who said she believed she left the bag on the roof of her car and drove away.
“The woman was very grateful, as you can imagine,” the sheriff’s office noted.
She was so grateful that she gave Zeini a $100 reward for getting her property and cash back to her.
“Rhami said he was just doing what he would want someone else to do if he lost something valuable,” the post continued.
The sheriff’s office shared the Laguna Blance High School student’s good deed to highlight a positive story “in a world where we are bombarded with bad news.”
“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,” the sheriff’s office wrote.