Good Samaritan Returns Wallet With $10,000 In It

After losing the wad of cash, the Orange County man expressed "shock" that the money was safely returned to him.

If you lost a wallet with $10,000 cash in it, you'd probably never expect to see it again.

That's what happened to a Newport Beach man who stopped off at a Main Beach Park bench in Laguna Beach on Saturday afternoon after making his big withdrawl. He got some coffee, made some phone calls, and was apparently distracted enough to leave his bulging wallet behind.

But not long after, an unknown Good Samaritan found the wallet. Instead of running off to Vegas, he did the right thing and turned the wallet in to a lifeguard, who called the Laguna Beach Police Department. An officer came out and began trying to reunite the wallet with the rightful owner.

A Florida driver's license was inside. LBPD officer Matt Meadows did some computer detective work from the license information, the $10,000 man was quickly contacted, and his wallet was returned. A release from the LBPD reported that the owner was "shocked" to find the cash still inside, and that he wanted to thank the anonymous soul who turned it in.

"It's nice that someone did the right thing like we'd expect and turn in this money, especially in times like this," Laguna Beach Police Lt. Jason Kravetz told ABC.

So what was the man doing with $10,000 in the first place? Apparently it was to pay a contractor for renovation work on a restaurant the man is opening soon.

Needless to say, he doesn't want his name revealed so people don't think he goes around carrying big fat bills around with him all the time. Maybe he should think about shopping around for a chain wallet ...

ms.sc. April 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM
You are absolutely correct Doug! That is one of the reasons why I enjoy Adam's and Rich's posts. I enjoy reading about the good in humanity. Adam and Rich, and I am certain some unsung hero's are behind the publishing posts, of this web site. Silent prayer that your minds stay sharp and your ability to share never stops. You both are a website I look foreward to. Never stop educating. I appreciate you both and staff.
Jessica B. April 12, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I too agree. We need more positive news reports and less negative. Thank you for sharing this story.
McKellair April 12, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I woulda at least gave him five grand back but all of it...there is a finders fee Cmon.
FF April 14, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Was cash used to avoid IRS? FF. ranching mirage
Elcapitan67 May 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Why not. The federal government would just waste it, or "redistribute" it.


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