Santa Barbara Teen Finds $10,000

by Valeria Leon
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What would you do if you found $10,000 in a purse in the middle of the street? What would you spend it on? Would you keep it or turn it in? Most of us wouldn't think twice about pocketing $1, $5, or even $20 that we find on the ground, but what would you do with $10,000.


16 year old, Santa Barbara high school junior Rhami Zeini was driving home from school when he saw a black purse in the middle of the road. Zeini pulled over and opened the purse, only to find $10,000 in.

After Zeini found identification indicating who the purse belonged to, he decided to contact his parents and drive to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office to turn in the $10,000 filled purse.


Later that day, officers contacted the woman who the purse belonged to. According to a sheriff's public information officer, the owner said she was going for a hike and likely left the purse on top of her car before driving away.

Rhami Zeini's good deed didn't go unrewarded. The woman who owned the purse that  Zeini found rewarded him by giving him $100.


"To me, I figured this is the right thing to do," Zeini told KCOY-TV, "If I take it and find whoever's purse it was because if the roles were reversed and I had lost something with a significant sum of money inside, I know I would want it back for sure."


The Santa Barbara County Police Department hopes that this story will encourage others to do the right thing, when it comes to situations like this.