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Boy Finds $10,000 in Kansas City Hotel Room

Adam Gault/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A curious 10-year-old boy rummaging through the drawers of his family's Kansas City hotel room came across a stash of $10,000, and he and his father turned it over to police.

It's not clear when -- or if -- they will get the money back.

Tyler Schaefer, 10, and his father Cody were staying at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Kansas City last Saturday when the boy did his usual searching through closets and drawers.

"He's one of those kids that likes to look for stuff," Cody Schaefer told ABC News affiliate KMBC.

Tyler hit the jackpot when he found the cash, but didn't get to keep it for long. His father turned the money over to two policemen who were at the hotel.

The police were just as shocked as the Schaefer family that such a large sum of money was lying in a hotel room. But they were also suspicious that no one has come forward to claim the money.

"Generally if someone was missing $10,000 someone would call back, but no one has called back," Capt. Tye Grant of the Kansas City Police Department told ABC News. "Wouldn't you think if you lost $10,000 you would get it back?"

The manager of the Hilton Airport Hotel refused to comment.

The Schaefers may eventually get the money, but it will be 19 months before they can be sure the money is theirs.

Under Missouri law, the Schaefers must file an affidavit within 10 days stating where and when they found the $10,000. A judge will confirm the value of the money, and send a copy to the clerk of the county commission.

The family must then wait 40 more days and if no one has claimed the money, the Schaefers need to put a notice in a newspaper advertising the unclaimed sum for three weeks in a row.

If the money is still unclaimed six months after the circulation of the last advertisement, then it can go to the Schaefers.

However, there is a one year period in which the owner of the money can come forward and expect reimbursement from the Schaefers.

Cody Schaefer does not seem bothered by the fact that he and his family may not receive the money, nor does he regret the decision to hand the money over to the police.

"We didn't have the money when we got there, so it doesn't change much," Schaefer told KMBC.

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Good Samaritans Return $13,000 Found on Garbage Can

WKRN/ABC News(CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.) -- A trip to the convenience store for a soda led to a surprising discovery and a wild goose chase for a Tennessee couple after they found a bag stuffed with nearly $13,000.

Kristy Allen of Clarksville, Tenn. spotted a blue bag sitting on top of a trashcan while she was waiting in the car for her husband, Ken. She pointed it out to him when he came out of the store, and told him to grab it because it looked suspicious.

“It could have been a purse, and I don’t mess with women’s purses,” Ken Allen, 49, told ABC News. “So I brought it to the car, and when we opened it we saw hundreds of hundred-dollar bills, at which point my wife said, ‘Lock the door!’”

They found a wallet in the bag and called all of the numbers they found in it, to no avail.

Then they went to the address listed on the driver’s license they found in the wallet, but nobody was home and neighbors said they had never seen the man in the ID photo. They gave up and locked the bag in their safe, then took it to the police the next morning.

The police inventoried the money, counting a total of $12,764.73. After checking surveillance video, they determined the bag had sat in front of the convenience store for about 45 minutes before the Allens noticed it.

“We were meant to find it. Most other people would throw a big party,” Ken Allen said. “The only reason we were able to do the right thing is because my wife doesn’t miss anything.”

The owner of the bag, a 51-year-old man, has since reached out to the couple to thank them. He was in the hospital after having a bad reaction to medication when he got the news somebody had found the bag.

“When he called, I asked, ‘Dude, why did you have so much money?” Allen told ABC News. “He didn’t really explain that, but he did say he was very grateful to have it back, and was glad we were the ones who found it.”

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What Would You Do? Customer Calls Cops After Finding Cash at ATM

Adam Gault/Thinkstock(BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) -- When a Florida woman rolled up to a drive-thru ATM on Sunday, she was confronted with an ethical dilemma -- in the form of 18 $100 bills sticking out of the cash slot.

The previous customer apparently forgot to take his or her cash, and so Adriana Allen tried in vain to stuff the money back into the machine. When that failed, she did what not many people would have done: Allen called the cops.

The honest Chase customer held onto the stack of bills until cops arrived to take possession of it. They contacted the bank in an effort to track down the bills' rightful owner.

There's no word if Allen will be rewarded for her act of honesty -- though the Boynton Beach Police Department thanked her on its Facebook page saying, "We thank Adriana for her honesty and compassion, and for doing the right thing."

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New Jersey Church Distributes $30,000 in 'Reverse Offering'

Design Pics / SW Productions/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New Jersey church turned the traditional money collection part of the service on its head with a "reverse offering" this weekend. When the Liquid Church passed around its popcorn-bucket collection baskets, people were told to take an envelope with the words "God Trusts You" on them. Each envelope contained a $10, $20 or $50 bill.

In total, the church distributed $30,000 of its money Sunday to 2,100 people, but there is a message behind the money, lead pastor Tim Lucas said.

"This wasn't a handout," he said. "That's the tip of the iceberg. We challenge people; we want them to creatively invest this money."

The congregants in the church's three locations in Morristown, New Brunswick and Nutley were instructed to take the money, no strings attached, and use it as a "spiritual stimulus." The pastor said this meant different things for different people.

One woman, a single mother, was thrilled that the $50 she received could help her with gas money for the week, which had been a struggle. Another person decided they would use the money to buy groceries and cook a meal for neighbors whose home had been damaged by Hurricane Irene.

Yet another woman is a baker of custom cakes and said the $50 could cover the ingredients for a cake, which she would sell for $500 and donate the money back to the church as part of an initiative to feed the homeless in the community.

Lucas said his intentions were pure and that there was no political message or ulterior motives behind the action.

The pastor spoke about how each U.S. bill has the words "In God We Trust" on it and Lucas inversed the idea into "God Trusts Us." He said that when a person is fortunate enough to have money brought into their lives, God trusts that they will do the right thing with it to help others who are less fortunate.

The non-denominational Christian Liquid Church has three locations, but no permanent buildings. It holds services in hotels and schools. Lucas said the church invests in people, not buildings, and that the church took a financial risk with Sunday's distribution of money.

While the reverse offerings won't be a weekly event, Lucas hopes to do it again in the future, although the surprise will not be the same. "People were shocked," he said. "When they were reaching in, some looked like God was going to strike them down with lightning."

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Arizona Homeless Man Turns in Lost Backpack With $3,300

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- When a homeless Arizona man found a backpack containing thousands of dollars in cash, he could have seen it as a windfall. Instead, he saw that it was returned to its owner, an honorable act that's now paying off.

Dave Tally, a recovering drug addict, came across the lost backpack earlier this month in a light rail station in Tempe. He opened it up, trying to find some sort of identification or baggage tag.

Inside, there were no clues about its rightful owner, but Tally did find an envelope stuffed with $3,300 in cash, as well as a laptop computer.

"Finding the envelope with the case was just mind-blowing," Tally said. "There were lots of crazy thoughts that went through my head."

The cash could have meant a lot for Tally, who's lived on the streets for several years after losing his home. He now sleeps in the basement of local churches, saving what little he can to fix his broken bike, his only source of transportation.

"I went into survival mode for a moment, actually more than a moment," Tally said, "thinking about all the things I could do for myself."

But in the end, the money wasn't worth more than his honor.

"It wasn't easy, but I know it was the right thing to do," Tally said. "I beat myself up pretty hard for even thinking I would spend one dime of that person's money."

Tally took the bag to his boss at the Tempe Community Action Agency, which helps homeless people in the area find shelter and where he holds down a part time job. With no ID on the bag, they had no way of finding the owner until someone thought to plug in a flash drive that was with the computer.

On the drive was the resume of Bryan Belanger, an Arizona State University student who thought he'd never see his belongings again after mistakenly leaving them in the station on his way to work. He was carrying the envelope of money with plans to buy a used car off Craigslist.

Thanks to Tally's good deed, the bag, cash and computer were back in Belanger's hands five days after he reported them missing.

"It's just the greatest thing I've ever experienced, I think," said Belanger. "It really is a lesson to keep your faith in people, and character exists no matter what your circumstances are."

When Belanger met Tally, he offered a grateful handshake and a cash reward. Belanger even promised to volunteer at the Tempe Community Action Agency.

But those aren't the only rewards Tally's decision brought him. After his story aired on ABC's Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV, strangers sent Tally checks, and even found him to hand him cash. More than enough money has come in to fix his broken bike.

For his part, Tally hopes his act will change some people's notions about the homeless.

"My time being on the streets, I met some of the most intelligent people that just made bad choices," Tally said. "They are just everyday people that have a different way of life right now."

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