Massachusetts boy finds $8k on playground, turns it in

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SALEM, Mass. -- A seven-year-old Massachusetts boy found thousands of dollars but did not hold on to it. Instead made sure it was returned to his owner.

Aiden wright, 7, has always been taught to do the right thing, but his character was tested on Saturday when he found $8,000 at this park in Salem.

"I ran up the slide and there was this black check book and I opened it up and found $8,000 in it and brought it to my uncle," said Aiden.

"We were the only ones in the park took it back to truck and we counted it, it was $8,000," recalled Aiden’s uncle, Danny Wright.

While some would probably hesitate, Aiden and his uncle did not. They immediately turned the cash into police. Turns out the money belongs to Elias Santos, a hard working contractor, who had just been paid.

"I am so grateful because we don't have people like this no more," said Santos.

Santos had the money in his pocket as he was playing with his kids in the park. As he came down the slide it accidentally came out but he didn't realize it was gone.

"I didn't know anything. When the police called me I was so surprised," said Santos.

Matthew Desmond with the Salem Police Department said, "Officer asked him if he's missing anything, or got robbed, and fished in his pocket immediately and said ‘I am missing $8,000.’”

To thank Aiden for his honesty Santos gave him $100.

"We go to Sunday school and he's been taught to do the thing and this shows the lessons had been learned and we are so proud," said Ellen Wright, Aiden’s mom.

"What is the gold rule Aiden? The golden rule?" Aiden’s uncle asked the boy.

"Treat other people the way you want to be treated,” responded Aiden.

A lesson we all need to learn.