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10-Year-Old Boy Finds $10,000 in Hotel Room

Posted by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:10 AM
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10-Year-Old Boy Finds $10,000 in Hotel Room & Makes Us Want to Open the Drawers More Often

by Julie Ryan Evans

moneyI've stayed in a fair amount of hotels in my life, but aside from a few week-long vacations when I've actually unpacked my suitcase, I never really open the drawers of the dressers or nightstands. I may start, however, after hearing about Tyler Schaefer, a 10-year-old who recently found $10,000 in a drawer at a Kansas City hotel

His dad, Cody Schaefer, told the Associated Press that Tyler is a Cub Scout and likes to hunt for treasures. And boy, what a treasure he found. He pulled open a drawer, and there he founds stacks of cold hard cash. "I found money!" he said. 

After confirming the bills weren't fake, his father wasn't sure what to do at first, but he knew they couldn't keep it.

They found two off-duty policemen working at the hotel, and turned it over to them. Good for them. It would have been so easy I'm sure to just keep it, and no one would have probably ever known. But what a great lesson this dad taught his son about honesty and doing the right thing, even when it's hard.

And  I bet it was really hard for Tyler. Every kid dreams of coming into huge sums of money, and all of the amazing things they'd do with it. So to actually get the money and then have to give it away was painful I'm sure.

Right now the money is being held by the police. The good news is that there's a chance the Schaefers could get to keep the money. It's a bit of a long shot, but if no one claims it (and can prove ownership) after seven months, then the money could go them. The owner still has another year after that to claim it from the finder, but assuming the money has shady origins (which I'm totally assuming it does, aren't you?) then maybe no one will. If that's the case, then in less than two years, the finders really could be keepers.

What would you do if you found a large amount of money?

And, just because I'm curious, do you open the hotel drawers?

by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:10 AM
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louannwilkins
by on May. 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I think it's awesome that he did the right thing to show his ds the right way.  It's a great life and learning experience.  I think if the money isn't claimed then they should get it.  Especially if it really is from a shady source.  Theres probably no way to prove that but anyway....what a great story!  :)

momofsixangels
by on May. 31, 2013 at 1:08 PM

The parents should be proud.They raised him right. If I found that amount I wont lie.It would be tempting but of course I wuld turn it in. It isnt mine

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by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:15 PM

I think that is so cool they/he turned it in,
Good for him!
I will now start checking those drawers :)

akgrear
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 6:43 AM

I would turn it in. I would think the money will end up being theirs at some point as how would you prove that the $10,000 is yours especially after it has gone public now?

brownhoney21
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 6:48 AM
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Quoting hugss:

I think that is so cool they/he turned it in,
Good for him!
I will now start checking those drawers :)

 

Zamaria
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 6:59 AM
I always check drawers, closets, under beds, etc. I found someone's engagement ring under the bed once.
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SweetLuci
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM

 I think it's awesome that his dad taught him to do the right thing.

We travel a lot, and usually stay for at least 3 days, so I do open drawers and put away things. I didn't used to until I travelled with DH who used to travel on business. He always unpacked the minute after we got in the room. So then I got in the habit. Makes it so much easier that rooting through luggage to find something, and then realize it's all wrinkled.

TigerofMu
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

That is so amazing!  I am very glad to hear that they chose to do the right thing.  Great example!

TigerofMu
by on Jun. 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

And yes, I am curious.  I always check the drawers :).

shaluv4
by on Jun. 2, 2013 at 1:36 AM
Iam amazed by the way kid can I borrow half lol
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