Boy Scout finds $800 in wallet and promptly returns it

There are 20 comments on the Apr 30, 2008, South Florida Sun-Sentinel story titled Boy Scout finds $800 in wallet and promptly returns it. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

DORR, Mich. - When an 11-year-old Boy Scout found someone's wallet with $800 inside, he understood what the person who lost it was going through.

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Reality Sucks

Lake Worth, FL

#1 Apr 30, 2008
I think a reward would have been nice. Let's say a new wallet with $45.00 in it would have been ideal. Cheap b#tch!
good samaritan

Deerfield Beach, FL

#2 Apr 30, 2008
He did the right thing. We recently did the same. My sister rented a vehicle and my son found a wallet in it. We found the owner and drove 20 miles at 10:30pm to get it back to him.
It would have been nice if the owner had walked out to the car and thanked my son, but he did not.
We still know we did the right thing and would do it again. At least we can sleep at night.

“The Best Is Yet To Come...”

Since: Jan 07

South Florida

#3 Apr 30, 2008
If only more were like him...
OLD BBLR

Boca Raton, FL

#4 Apr 30, 2008
good samaritan wrote:
He did the right thing. We recently did the same. My sister rented a vehicle and my son found a wallet in it. We found the owner and drove 20 miles at 10:30pm to get it back to him.
It would have been nice if the owner had walked out to the car and thanked my son, but he did not.
We still know we did the right thing and would do it again. At least we can sleep at night.
That unthoughtful Bast***!
Cameron

Falls Church, VA

#5 Apr 30, 2008
What a rip-off for this poor kid, the owner of the wallett did to even flip him a finders reward??? cheapo..
MEATHEAD

United States

#6 Apr 30, 2008
She should give him a $45 reward and a new wallet!

BTW...what is a 20 year old doing with $800 in cash on her?!
Say What

Boca Raton, FL

#7 Apr 30, 2008
Was the scout caucasian or african american ?
RACE

Hialeah, FL

#8 Apr 30, 2008
He was neither, Scouts are red/white/blue, just like the our armed forces!
Say What wrote:
Was the scout caucasian or african american ?
Bryce Wagner

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#9 Apr 30, 2008
So, the lady was so grateful, she couldn't bring herself to part with 45 dollars so the scout could have a happy ending too? Cheapskates like that always seem to be the ones to get their wallets back intact. This has never happened to me. If it did, I would certainly offer a reward, other than a pizza party from the police department. They spent more on the kid than the lady who's money he returned. That's not right. She just taught the kid honesty doesn't pay.
Pago Pago Trojan

Toledo, OH

#10 Apr 30, 2008
Say What wrote:
Was the scout caucasian or african american ?
He's a non-afro.
mike k

Delray Beach, FL

#11 Apr 30, 2008
Great Job, Kid!
mr x

United States

#12 Apr 30, 2008
Say What wrote:
Was the scout caucasian or african american ?
he sure as hell wasnt puertorican i would of kept it (that s my reward for finding it(
mr x

United States

#13 Apr 30, 2008
good samaritan wrote:
He did the right thing. We recently did the same. My sister rented a vehicle and my son found a wallet in it. We found the owner and drove 20 miles at 10:30pm to get it back to him.
It would have been nice if the owner had walked out to the car and thanked my son, but he did not.
We still know we did the right thing and would do it again. At least we can sleep at night.
20 miles at 10:30at night!!!! you should of mailed it to him.

“Cold as Ice”

Since: Jan 08

United States

#14 Apr 30, 2008
mr x wrote:
<quoted text> he sure as hell wasnt puertorican i would of kept it (that s my reward for finding it(
That's for sure!
Wallet Finder

Atlanta, GA

#15 Apr 30, 2008
I once found a Palm Beach Doctor's wallet. It had ALL his I.D., credit cards and over $1,200.00

I tracked him down, and not only did he did not give me a reward, he did not even say thank you.

I found out later he cheated on his wife and got his secretary pregnant.

Doctor was a South American, and specialized in Nose, Throat and Ear.

And I also found three wallets in a 10 day period a few years ago. All belong to women. One was a college girl @ Palm Beach Atlantic, whose wallet I found in a retail parking lot late at night. After I told her I will give to her the next morning on my way to church, she got the cops knocking at my door at 2 am saying I stole it from her. She told the cops it was a mistake. She used them for free taxi service.

And the other two wallets I found belong to out a state tourists. They also were very wealthy, had money, all their credit cards and I.D. inside. All these women did not even buy me lunch for helping them.

None of them would not be able to fly back without their I.D's.

I would have been very happy if someone bought me a pizza or help me find a job.

Being honest in life never paid off for me.

And someone would say "I will get rewarded in Heaven."....I know I am in Hell right now and everyone around me is mean and cruel.

I was lucky if had 45 cents when I was 11 years old.
Nicolas Naranja

Gainesville, FL

#16 Apr 30, 2008
First of all what kind of idiot runs around with 800 dollars in their wallet. She was either a stripper or a dope peddler because 20 year olds simply don't run around with that kind of cash. The kid should have kept the money and sent the wallet back to her. It's not the right thing to do, but its the price you pay for being irresponsible with your belongings.
Good Samaritan

Deerfield Beach, FL

#17 Apr 30, 2008
Forgot about the other incident.
Pulled into my old office one morning and found a wallet. Took it inside to find ID. Could not tell for sure because there were 3 DL's all with different names, and 15G in checks, some refused, etc.
Turned out to be a new tenant across hall (Brazilian) running an illegal plastic surgery clinic. I reported it to Kenny Jenne's Keystone Kops and Code Enforcement.
Nothing happened until she maimed somebody nearly two years later. The landlord was ticked about losing the rent and asked me to move. Probably because I actually expected him to do something when we found hypodermic needles in the bathroom trash and gloves laying around.
passerby

AOL

#18 Apr 30, 2008
why do you need a reward, just feeling good about what you did should be good enough
Victim of Society

Davenport, IA

#20 Apr 30, 2008
Isn't this what Boy Scouts are suppose to do? Good for him!
Victim of Society

Davenport, IA

#21 Apr 30, 2008
As a former Eagle Scout you are missing the point about the reward...the reward was knowing that you did the right thing. The reward would have been nice, but any reward received would not last nearly as long as the feeling of knowing you did the right thing.

THE BOY SCOUT LAW:
TRUSTWORTHY, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent

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