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Guy Finds Chanel Purse With $10K in Cash

Richard Taverna says he never intended to keep it
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2018 10:40 AM CST

(Newser) – A Manhattan man who stumbled on a purse containing $10,000 did what anyone would do ... right? Richard Taverna was waiting for the subway Thursday at the Lincoln Center-66th Street 1 train stop when he spotted a blue Chanel bag on the platform: "I picked it up to see if there was an identification so I could get it to the right person," he tells WABC. Finding a note inside in Russian, and seeing no MTA agent nearby, Taverna took the bag home—where he found a hundred $100 bills (an even ten grand) that, all things considered, might never be linked to him if he took it. But Taverna says that never crossed his mind.

"It wasn't mine," he says. "If someone lost $10,000, they're probably going through a lot of distress." He laid out the bills and snapped a photo of them, per CNN, then did "something most people would have done"—he carried the blue bag and its money to New York Police Department's 20th Precinct. As it happens, a woman had just reported the bag missing there, saying she was planning a trip to Russia. And now she's been reunited with her wayward cash, ABC News reports. "I don't really think I did anything that extraordinary," says Taverna. "You feel good when you do the right thing." (A man headed to his sister's wedding lost his wallet—and had it come right back to him.)

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