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Santa Barbara teen returns purse with $10,000 inside

Posted at 9:10 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-15 00:10:43-04

A Santa Barbara teenager is the definition of a Good Samaritan.

16-year-old Rhami Zeni recently found a purse in the middle of a road. When he looked inside, he found $10,000.  Instead of taking the money, he immediately took it to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies were able to track down the woman who lost it.

"The way I thought about it, it’s the right thing to do if you find a purse. Find the owner, contact them, and especially if the roles had been reversed, I would have really wanted to find whatever object I lost if it had a lot of my valuables in it," said Zeni.  "I hope that if that ever happens to me, that whoever finds what I lose does the same thing."

The woman who owned the purse said she was touched by Zeni’s gesture, and she gave him $100 as a reward.