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Honest Teen Finds Purse With $10,000 Inside And Seeks Out The Owner

What would you do if you stumbled upon thousands of dollars by chance? Would you keep it, spend it, or leave it where you found it? For one California teen driver who decided to pull over for an unattended bag on the street, his life was changed forever.

Just Another Day

Sixteen-year-old Rhami Zeini was driving back home after classes when he spotted something unusual. A black purse in the middle of the road caught his eye. After discovering that the purse contained $10,000, he knew he had to find a way to return the property to the rightful owner.


Unable to find any personal information in the purse to make a connection, Rhami asked his parents to drive him to the Sherrif’s Office in Santa Barbara County. Luckily, an officer was able to determine who the purse belonged to and returned it to the owner.

Temptation And Gratitude

When Rhami was questioned about his actions, the upstanding junior at Laguna Blanca high school stated, “If I had lost something with a significant sum of money inside… I would want it back for sure.”


Rhami was rewarded with $100 from the grateful owner. It was strange that a purse filled with a substantial amount of cash could end up abandoned. The owner figured she accidentally left her purse on the roof of her car before driving away.

Positively Not Unnoticed

In a world fraught with plenty of negative news, it is a pleasant surprise when young people display honor. Teenagers often get a bad rep. But, Rhami Zeini’s actions prove some young people will uphold their values, instead of looking for a quick payout.


Being honest and having the empathy to place oneself in another’s shoes, led to Rhami not leaving empty-handed. Others might have taken the found money to shop or brag online social media. Instead, Rhami chose to be responsible and respectable.

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