- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2015

A 7-year-old Massachusetts boy has found himself $100 richer after he did the right thing and turned in $8,000 that he found Saturday at the top of a playground slide.

Aiden Wright was playing at Memorial Park in Salem, Massachusetts, when he found the stack of $100 bills as he was going down the slide, his uncle, Danny Wright, told a local CBS affiliate.

“I ran up the slide and at the top I looked at the corner and there was this black check book and I opened it up and I saw $8,000 in it and then I brought it to down my uncle,” the boy told the station.

“I peeked in the envelope and told Aiden, “‘Buddy, you’re going to learn an important lesson today,’” Mr. Wright said.

The pair said they immediately turned the money into police. The cash belonged to Elias Santos, a contractor who had just gotten paid, a local ABC affiliate reported.

“I am so grateful, you know, because we don’t have people like this no more,” Mr. Santos told the station.

A Salem Police Department spokesman said police called Mr. Santos to verify the missing money.

“Officer asked him if he’s missing anything or got robbed and he fished in his pocket immediately and said I am missing $8,000,” said Lt. Matthew Desmond.

Mr. Santos rewarded Aiden with $100 for his good deed, CBS reported.

“When we left the police station, Aiden told [Mr. Santos] that he should be more careful next time he goes down the slide. He’s a funny kid,” Mr. Wright added.

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