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Brooklyn PS student turns in wallet packed with $500-plus
New York Daily News ^ | 1/28/2009 | RACHEL MONAHAN

Posted on 01/28/2009 7:49:21 AM PST by RogerWilko

Meet the most honest little kid in New York City: Brooklyn's own Kemoy Gourzang.

The fifth-grader was walking through East Flatbush on the way to school Friday morning when he found a brown leather wallet on the sidewalk.

It was stuffed. There was at least $500 cash in there.

Kemoy knew what to do. He made a beeline for the school principal's office and turned in his newfound treasure.

"Five kids told me, 'You should have kept it,'" said Kemoy, who is 10.

"I said, 'No, because if it was yours, you would have wanted it back.'"

Joy-Ann Morgan, principal of Public School 198 in East Flatbush, fished a business card out of the wallet and called the owner, who hadn't even noticed the loss yet.

The wallet's owner, who didn't want to be identified, rushed to the school to claim his dough and meet the boy who got it back to him.

"He told me I was a kind person," Kemoy recounted. "He told me it was honest to bring the wallet to school."

Then he gave Kemoy $100 to say thanks.

The boy confessed he had been hoping for some reward, but was surprised it was so generous.

"I was pretty excited," he said. "I went straight to Toys 'R' Us."

Kemoy spent half the reward money on a video racing game called Midnight Club 3 and a starter kit for a Nintendo Wii.

At school, the proud principal decided to make an example of Kemoy.

"This is what we try to teach," she said. "I got on the PA and announced that we had a hero in school."

She snapped some pictures of the boy and intends to put them on the bulletin board outside the office to honor him.

She's going to move down some pictures of President Obama so Kemoy can have the best spot on the board.

Mom Avolyn Jones, 40, who works in payroll at the health care union 1199 SEIU, said she was pretty happy with her kid, too.

"I'm proud. I always told him, 'Honesty is the best policy,'" she said.

The wallet's owner should be grateful, she said.

"I'm glad Kemoy found it because maybe if someone else found it, it would not be returned," she said.

"There are not a lot of honest people in these times."

So what about the remaining 50 bucks?

"I'll probably save it for Valentine's Day," the boy said.

"I'm going to buy a Teddy bear with angel wings, milk chocolate and maybe a necklace.

"For my mom."


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: boy; brooklyn; money; wallet
I heard about this on the way to work today listening to the news on the radio.

I think it's great that the kid actually gave the wallet back to the owner... But, to think that it's become such a rare event that you make national news by being HONEST seems nuts!

My parents taught me and my siblings to always be honest. Whenever we brought anything home, they would tell us... "No matter where you found it, it belongs to someone and wouldn't you want it returned to you if you lost it?"

Even if we didn't know who it belonged to, they would make us return it to where we found it.

I guess it must be a news story, because most of society thinks like the other five kids.

1 posted on 01/28/2009 7:49:22 AM PST by RogerWilko
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To: RogerWilko

I’d like to send this kid a few bucks for practicing honesty and integrity.


2 posted on 01/28/2009 7:50:25 AM PST by J40000
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To: RogerWilko

This is NYC. I’m pleasantly surprised that the school principal didn’t keep it for herself.


3 posted on 01/28/2009 7:52:19 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: J40000

The kid needs to get some type of reward for his actions!


4 posted on 01/28/2009 7:52:25 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

LOL!


5 posted on 01/28/2009 7:52:36 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: RogerWilko
"She's going to move down some pictures of President Obama so Kemoy can have the best spot on the board."

obama's gonna get the money one way or another, kid.

6 posted on 01/28/2009 7:52:48 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor

LOL - was thinking the same thing, if Bloomberg doesn’t beat him to it!


7 posted on 01/28/2009 7:55:34 AM PST by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: RogerWilko
"I said, 'No, because if it was yours, you would have wanted it back.'"

Treat others as you would have them treat you. ... Simple yet difficult to put into practice. Good for this kid.

8 posted on 01/28/2009 7:56:49 AM PST by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: RogerWilko

Mom Avolyn Jones, 40, who works in payroll at the health care union 1199 SEIU, said she was pretty happy with her kid, too.
9 posted on 01/28/2009 8:04:29 AM PST by iowamark
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To: RogerWilko

Kudos to this kid. It’s funny how the only faith we can have today is in little kids.


10 posted on 01/28/2009 8:06:31 AM PST by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: RogerWilko

Chaaaange has come!!!!


11 posted on 01/28/2009 8:06:56 AM PST by gitmogrunt (The stupidity of the American people never ceases to amaze me.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
I’m pleasantly surprised that the school principal didn’t keep it for herself.

A few years ago I found a velvet bag filled with some very beautiful and very expensive jewelry at the Ritz Carlton in Boston and took it immediately to the front desk. Two days later I called to see if it was claimed and they had no record of it being turned in. Their security department later called me to determine the exact time and date I turned it in. The gal at the front desk must have pocketed it.

Next time, I'll know better and will leave my telephone number. That way I'll be sure the rightful owner gets their jewelry back.

12 posted on 01/28/2009 8:08:49 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: RogerWilko
When my son was about 5 years old he was in the restroom at a local restaurant. He was doing his business in the stall while I waited outside the door. He called out to me “Daddy, I’ve found something.” I was VERY nervous about what he might have discovered. He unlocked the door; when I entered he had a WAD of cash. $5’s, $10’s and $20’s. He had found it tucked inside the toilet paper roll. His small size put him eye-level to the paper holder so he could see straight into the roll.

I told him to not say a word to anyone about anything. When we arrived back to our table he was quiet for about 15 seconds but My wife (mom) knew something was up. Finally he said, “ A funny thing happened in the bathroom”. Mom told him, "We don’t discuss bathroom topics at the dinner table."; to which I heartily agreed! She gave me a very strange look so I whispered to her to hold her hand under the table. I placed the entire wad of cash in her open hand. The look on her face was priceless.

We finished dinner quickly and left.

Clearly this was drug or extortion money intended for nothing good. When we finally counted it, there was $745 total. It’s now in Nate’s college account and I feel NO remorse for not turning it in to anyone.

13 posted on 01/28/2009 8:11:21 AM PST by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: TexGuy; All
Treat others as you would have them treat you. ... Simple yet difficult to put into practice. Good for this kid.

I'm glad there's still some honest people left out there. Most people have the "finders keepers, losers weepers" mentality!

Whenever a clerk makes a mistake at a store in my favor, and I bring it to their attention, they always seemed surprised! Honesty seems like a rare commodity nowadays.

That's probably what brought about our current economic situation. It ALL comes down to honesty! If everyone, everywhere would have been honest about their financial obligations, abilities, and responsibilities... We wouldn't be in the mess we're in right now!

Thanks a lot all of you greedy, irresponsible losers (Washington DC included!) who have TOTALLY botched up our country!

14 posted on 01/28/2009 8:14:04 AM PST by RogerWilko
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To: RogerWilko

What a great kid - and a beautiful smile, too. It would be nice to think that a solid future is coming his way.


15 posted on 01/28/2009 8:18:46 AM PST by ElayneJ
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To: Damifino

In your situation, I’d probably do the same thing. I don’t think the money accidentally fell into that roll, and I don’t think I’d want to try to contact the owner either.

They probably would’ve told you that there was $2000 and would want the rest!


16 posted on 01/28/2009 8:18:50 AM PST by RogerWilko
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To: ladyjane

I don’t know how leaving your phone number would help. Just call police while you’re at the desk turning the valuables in, so that THEY know who turned what in, where, when, and to whom.


17 posted on 01/28/2009 8:20:10 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Damifino
Well that's different that finding a wallet with id in it I'd say heh
18 posted on 01/28/2009 8:20:25 AM PST by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: J40000

Wow, I’m sure it is easy to find the address to his school or his mother’s employment with the information from the article. Good idea. Don’t send cash though, maybe a money order with both their names on it.


19 posted on 01/28/2009 8:25:29 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!! I am no LEMMING!)
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To: ladyjane

My wife did the same thing with an I-Pod she found in the gym. I told her that the one of kids running the check-in counter probably took it home with them.

I found a wallet in a parking lot filled with credit cards, IDs, and such, but no money. I found the guy’s number and got it back to him. He told me that he had about $300 in there. He was going to give me $100, but I told him to keep it, especially since he was already $300 in the hole.

I almost felt like he thought I that took the cash, but if I declined his $100, I’d hope he’d have figured out I didn’t take it!


20 posted on 01/28/2009 8:29:42 AM PST by RogerWilko
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To: ladyjane

Good point - a couple of months ago, I found a brand-new Dell laptop that somebody had left behind at the lcal Fedex-Kinko’s. I took it to the front desk but never thought to follow up.


21 posted on 01/28/2009 8:32:49 AM PST by indcons (An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.)
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To: ladyjane

wait a second..didn’t you take the time after finding that out to report the woman who took it? Someone stole it and you were a witness.


22 posted on 01/28/2009 8:32:58 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Red in Blue PA

I looked up the address to the school:

PS 198
4205 Farragut Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210

I think I will send him a $5 money order. Its not alot but I will send it with a card to tell him how much I admire his honesty.


23 posted on 01/28/2009 8:33:21 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!! I am no LEMMING!)
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To: GovernmentShrinker; RogerWilko

If you leave just your phone number the person behind the desk isn’t tempted to pocket the item. Not a perfect solution but better than leaving the item.

BTW have you tried to call the police lately? Calling them to inform them that you found a wallet or jewelry is not going to make them happy.


24 posted on 01/28/2009 8:34:49 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: RogerWilko

Kids like this are our hope for the future. Bravo for him!!


25 posted on 01/28/2009 8:35:28 AM PST by MortMan (Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton)
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To: RogerWilko

The little boy understands the golden rule.

It’s only fitting that O’s picture is moved to make room for a picture of the student.


26 posted on 01/28/2009 8:37:01 AM PST by Carley (Remember when we had a real President)
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To: MortMan

....CORRECTION.......CORRECTION......CORRECTION

The actual address to the school is:

Public School 198
4105 Farragut Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Sorry for my previous typo.


27 posted on 01/28/2009 8:37:49 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!! I am no LEMMING!)
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To: Hildy

I did report that the jewelry had been turned in. That is why their security department wanted to know the time and the date. I was able to tell them the time, give-or-take 5 minutes. I gave them a description of the woman, plus they have security cameras on the front desk to verify. I am assuming she was fired but have no way of knowing that.


28 posted on 01/28/2009 8:39:44 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Damifino

I would have just left it. You were putting your family in serious jeapordy had your timing been bad.


29 posted on 01/28/2009 8:40:37 AM PST by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: ladyjane

I guess it would depend on the location, but I would think police in area containing a Ritz-Carlton would be pretty responsive to calls from the hotel. In some random highway motel, it would probably be hard to get much police attention. I’d just prefer not to walk away with them item myself, and suspect that most hotels’ policy would be to ask someone reporting a found valuable to turn it in to hotel staff, and to summon law enforcement if the finder declined.


30 posted on 01/28/2009 9:09:09 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: J40000

You send it to me and I’ll be sure he gets it. And don’t be stingy!


31 posted on 01/28/2009 9:19:56 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Obviously my preference - at that time - was to give the jewelry to the front desk. I feel terrible that the rightful owner never got the jewelry and feel worse that the rightful owner figured people are not honest.

Somewhat tangential but...In front of that same Ritz Carlton I found a roll of film. No one advertised that it was lost and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. My friend owned a company and he gave it to an intern to have it developed. OMG!!!! It was pictures of 7 or 8 very handsome guys doing *everything* on the front end and hood of a jeep. When my friend came into work the pictures were projected up on a wall and everyone in the company teased him that these were his friends. LOL


32 posted on 01/28/2009 9:20:49 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: brwnsuga

Thanks! I plan to send along a little something.

I would love to think this kid would get enough money to launch his college tuition fund or whatever he plans to do with his future!


33 posted on 01/28/2009 9:21:45 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: jwparkerjr

...use the 4105 address .......


34 posted on 01/28/2009 11:37:24 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!! I am no LEMMING!)
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To: ladyjane

Oh, ok...I figured you must have done something!


35 posted on 01/28/2009 8:02:17 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy

Also followed up with a letter and multiple phone calls to the Ritz Carleton headquarters in Georgia. They were not forthcoming about the entire issue. Covering their behinds.


36 posted on 01/28/2009 8:06:28 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: RogerWilko
Same thing happened to my lady last month. She didn't zip her purse, and her wallet fell out in a Pathmark supermarket parking lot. The guy who found it didn't even trust Pathmark, he took it to his own employer, a man who runs a small grocery store with a Blimpie's franchise inside.

He looks in it, says to himself, "She looks familiar," and grabs her number out of the phone book. She gets a call, and goes to pick it up, every single dime is intact. And he wouldn't take $20 from her, even to pass on to his employee.

I know where I'm buying all my deli sandwiches for the rest of my time here!

37 posted on 01/28/2009 8:14:37 PM PST by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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