Kid Finds $8K in Cash on Slide at Playground
And then turns it in
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2015 12:24 PM CDT
Finding $8,000 isn't child's play.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – How many kids would turn in $5 they found in a park, let alone $8,000? Aiden Wright, 7, decided to do the right thing (with some prompting from his uncle) Saturday after he spotted a black checkbook while taking a "last run" down the slide at Memorial Park in Salem, Mass. Stuffed inside the checkbook: $8,000, which Aiden promptly brought over to his uncle, Daniel Wright. "I just said, 'Fork it over,'" Wright tells the Salem News. "You're going to learn an important lesson today."

And that lesson is that by being honest and turning the checkbook and cash into the cops, Aiden helped make a local contractor very happy. Elias Santos, who had just been paid, lost his thousands while playing with his kids at the park earlier that morning, per CBS Boston. Aiden plans on using the $100 reward Santos gave him to buy coins, Wright tells the Globe. (A homeless man returned a backpack he found with $2,400 in cash.)