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Kids Return $23G Found in Restroom

September 16, 1998

EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ Eight-year-old Seth Brown and his 5-year-old brother, Sam, don’t think they’re worth any fuss. They say returning $23,399 that they found in a shopping mall restroom was just the right thing to do.

``We really didn’t do anything special,′ said Seth, a third-grader. ``My brother found the bag. When we opened it and saw all the money, we took it to my dad. We returned it to its rightful owner, which is what you’re supposed to do.″

``It was exciting,″ added Sam. ``There was a lot of money. We knew we couldn’t keep it.″

The boys found the bank deposit bag Sunday and their family promptly called police and turned it over.

Construction contractor Narciso Hernandez had left the bag in a bathroom stall. By the time he contacted authorities, it was ready for him to identify and pick up.

Hernandez met with the family Monday night to personally thank Seth and Sam and give them an undisclosed amount as their reward.

``Loss of this money would have been very damaging to my business,″ said Hernandez. ``I appreciate the honesty of these boys and their family.″

Police spokeswoman Linda Olvera said this morning that the family has been overwhelmed by the numbers of calls it has received from people who want to praise the boys or talk to them.

``This is really something outstanding, because all you ever hear these days are negative stories about youth,″ Olvera said. ``These are little boys that apparently are growing up the way every parent wishes. They have good morals and know what’s right and wrong.″

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