A quick walk with their golden retriever
turned into a morality test for one New
Hampshire boy and his dad recently. And
the two — who found $1,450 in cash but
immediately turned it over to police —
passed with flying colors, receiving a
reward for their honesty last week.
“I grew up in this town and raised my kids
here, and it really is the place it is because
of people like Max’s parents, who used the
opportunity to teach him, hey, we could put
it in our pockets, but no, we all take care of
each other,” Cheri Smith, the Exeter
proprietor whose money was lost and
found, told Yahoo Shine. She left a thank-
you note with $100 at the local police
station to convey her gratitude.
Smith, who has owned the Puddlejumpers
Children’s Shop for 25 years, was walking to
her car one evening in August when she
dropped her tote. That’s when a stuffed
bank deposit bag fell out onto the grass,
unbeknownst to her. (“My eyesight isn’t
what it used to be,” she said.) And the next
day, Guy Parenti and his son Max, 8, spotted
it while walking their dog, amazed at the fat
stack of twenties, fifties, and hundreds.
“This presented a teaching opportunity,”
Parenti, an independent sales agent, told
Yahoo Shine. “I think [Max] said, ‘Are we
going to keep it?’ And I said, ‘Keeping it is
no different from taking it.’ He’s a great kid
with a great heart, so he was all for it. He
felt like one of the good guys.” Good guys
have been happily trendy lately, according
to various Good Samaritan news reports:
Earlier this month, a Boston homeless man
became a celebrated local hero after he
found a backpack containing tens of
thousands of dollars in cash and travelers
checks, turning it right over the police. As
for Max and his dad, they waited until they
got home to count the cash and then
noticed a deposit slip, which Guy knew
would be helpful to the police. Together,
they brought it into the Exeter police station
the next morning. “The police made a really
big deal out of it, congratulating him, which
was great,” Parenti said about Max’s
reception. “He was very proud of himself.”
The officers, able to track Smith down
through her bank’s routing number, called
her with the good news. She collected her
cash and eventually brought the card and
reward into the precinct for Max, admitting
that she used the cops as middlemen
because she was “a little embarrassed” by
the whole incident.
“I’m a firm believer in karma,” she added,
“so I think Max has a lot of good things
coming his way.”
He at least has some sweets in his near
future, according to his dad, who shared
what Max planned to do with his reward
money. “The last I heard, believe it or not,”
he said, “he wants to buy Pixie Stix.”
Read more: Yahoo


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