A West Sacramento, California mother and her daughter returned a large sum of money they found on the sidewalk (video below).
Phyllis Gonzalez was on her way to pick up her daughter, Celestina, from school when she spotted something out of the ordinary.
"I was turning right and I looked and I – they looked like checks and I was like ‘Oh, I better stop,’” Gonzalez said. What she found was a stack of checks totaling more than $10,000. They were dropped on the sidewalk in front of a Wells Fargo bank.
"That’s a lot of money to lose,” Celestina said of the checks she and her mother found.
The mother and daughter decided the right thing to do was to bring the checks into the bank and return them.
"It’s awful to just lose something knowing that ‘Oh I wonder if I’m going to get it back, you know, just devastating,” Gonzalez told CBS Sacramento.
Gonzalez took her mission to reunite the money with its owner a step further — searching on Facebook and eventually locating the company to whom the checks were made out.
She called the company — M&M Lightweight Concrete Company — whose representative explained the reason behind the lost checks. According to the representative, she visited the Wells Fargo to make a deposit but decided to stop at Starbucks first. When she returned to Wells Fargo, she realized that she no longer had the checks.
"I was just glad to hear that she was relieved," Gonzalez said. The mother said she was glad to have been able set a good example for her daughter.
Laws in California state that any amount of money found needs to be returned, or the person who found it is guilty of theft.
"If you find even a quarter, you're technically obligated to turn it in," San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak told the San Francisco Gate.
Watch more about Phyllis Gonzalez's remarkable find below.