What's the smallest amount of money you would hand in?
For many people, finding $3000 on the street would be a temptation too great to resist - but not so for Inglewood 9-year-old Cody Thompson.
The Inglewood Primary School pupil is to receive a police commendation after he made sure a bundle of cash he discovered on Hinau St in the township was returned to its rightful owner, an elderly man who had withdrawn the cash earlier that day.
Cody was walking home after school on Thursday last week when he spied an envelope on the ground. Inside was a plastic bag filled with $50 notes.
A friend walking with him asked him if it was fake money.
"I said - ‘it's real'," Cody recalls.
He asked a woman in a nearby driveway if it was hers, but decided to hold onto the cash and find the right person to give it to.
"I didn't want to give it to her. I didn't know what she would do with it. I wanted to give it to the right adult," he said.
Cody wanted to wait for his older brother, Liam, 12, but a large group of students had gathered around, each with their own ideas about what should be done with the money. Cody's friend Blake Wenzlick, 8, got his mum Wendy to come and she took the money to the police station.
Inglewood constable Darren Hayes said he called the TSB Bank as soon as they received the cash.
"They knew straight away whose it was. We got it back to the owner within the hour," he said.
The man had withdrawn $3000 earlier in the day and dropped it on his way home.
"What he [Cody] did was brave. I'm happy with what he did and that we were able to get it back to the owner," Mr Hayes said.
Cody's mum Kelly said she couldn't be prouder of her son for doing the right thing.
"He came home and said ‘mum, I found lots and lots of money' and I was like . . . ‘what?"'
She said her son had huge respect for authority, and that meant he made sure to go through the correct channels.
"I'm glad they did the right thing. I don't think at the time they realised the extent of what they found. It's a lot of money that someone had worked hard for."
Though Cody admits he's a bit embarrassed by the "fame" he has received for his good deed, he said he felt "just normal".
Amelia Ritchie is a Witt journalism student
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