A teenager in California made news recently after he discovered a bag containing thousands of dollars. Instead of keeping it, he chose to return it instead.
Matt Vela had only been working at a Raley’s grocery store in Fairfield, California, for three days when he discovered a bag left in a parking lot grocery store, KCRA reports (video interview below).
Upon picking up the bag, several objects fell out including several thousand dollars.
“There was like $15,000 in there,” Vela told KCRA.
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Instead of taking the money, Vela decided to take the bag to his manager.
Minutes later, a woman called the store to claim the bag.
“She was buying a son a car, and I was like ‘Okay, cool,’” Vela recounted.
The woman thanked Vela personally for his honesty.
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“She was like, ‘Are you Matt?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah’ and she said, ‘I want to thank you so much for that. God bless you,’” he said.
Vela is currently studying criminal justice in the hopes of one day becoming a police officer.
Upon hearing the story, several took to Facebook to voice their support for Vela’s decision.
“Someone should start a kick starter for this kid,” commented one user. “I’d donate a 5 dollar bill. How about a reward for a great kid!”
“Great job! We actually have some good teenagers in this city,” another wrote.
Photo Credit: KCRA