Most Call Themselves Lucky Finding A Cash-Stuffed Wallet. He Isn't 'Most.'

And he didn't even have money to buy lunch the day before.

Tommy O'Connor is a high school senior at Irvington High School in Fremont, Calif. His family lives month to month on a fixed income, so you'd forgive him for a moment if he had the impulse to pocket a wallet stuffed with hundred dollar bills that he found on the ground at a 7-Eleven across the street from school.

But that impulse never happened.

“I didn’t count it when I saw it. I just thought it was probably someone’s rent or something,” Tommy said.

There were 23 bills in the wallet totaling $2,300, and just the day before, Tommy didn't even have enough money to buy lunch. He could have seen this as a get-lucky moment and taken the money for himself, but instead he took the wallet straight to a teacher's assistant at school.

Tommy was apparently very concerned about what would happen if the money didn't get back to its owner.

"Mom, if it doesn't get back to the right person, they won't pay their rent," Tommy's mom, Sherry O'Connor, recalled him saying.

“With us living month to month, it is a big chunk of money and I’m so proud of him that he did that,” said Ron O’Connor, Tommy’s dad.

Everyone around Tommy couldn't say enough about his clearly aligned moral compass.

“With us living month to month, it is a big chunk of money and I’m so proud of him that he did that,” said Ron O’Connor, Tommy’s dad.

The wallet and cash apparently belonged to a veteran, and have been returned, with a $50 reward left to Tommy. So on top of all the world's good karma heading his way, he also got a nice little slice of the cash he found. Win-win, and impressive given he didn't even hesitate to do the right thing.

"I'm just doing something I wish everyone else would do," Tommy said.