$800 returned to owner

Published: January 25, 2006 | 3366th good news item since 2003

Matt Branum could have been a little richer this weekend, but he chose to do the right thing and turn in a pile of money he found laying in the street.

Branum, a Kennecott certified public accountant, and his wife were waiting for friends near a local service station Saturday at about 9 a.m. when they saw something that looked like a money bag near the road.

Branum got out of the couple’s car to inspect the bag and saw that it was a bank bag from Primetime Paintball. Police later learned that the bag contained about $800 in cash and checks .

But the obvious large amount of money didn’t deter Branum from doing the right thing. He immediately went into the service station and called police.

Branum said the decision was simple, and he hopes others would do the same if it were his money.

“I knew it wasn’t my money, and I wasn’t going to keep it,” he said. “I’ve not been brought up that way. It’s not right. The Bible says you don’t steal.”

Published in Honesty, Values
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