Last Thursday, 19-year-old New Mexico resident José Nuñez Romaniz was honored by the Albuquerque Police Department after discovering a bag filled with $135,000 and handing it over to the authorities.
Nuñez Romaniz discovered the cash in a bag resting against an ATM. In turns out that the money was left there after a subcontractor mistakenly forgot to fill up the machine. As Nuñez Romaniz went on to explain:
“I didn’t know what to do. I was, like, dreaming. I was just in shock. I was looking at myself and just thinking, ‘What should I do?'”
“In the back of my head, I was just thinking about my parents, especially my mom.
“What she would do if I came home with the money and what she would do with her chancla (sandal) to hit me. I did the right thing and I know my parents are proud and my family is proud as well.”