Honest 10-year-old Tyler Schaefer soon could be $10,000 richer

05/15/2014 7:00 AM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

Tyler Schaefer soon could be $10,000 richer, all for the right reasons.

You know the story: He’s the 10-year-old boy who found some cash in a Kansas City hotel room last year and promptly turned it in.

But the honest action didn’t bring a reward.

He couldn’t keep the money, under the law.

However, Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel wrote a letter to Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté on Thursday.

The message: State law allows the chief to turn the money over to the treasurer’s office, and that can start the process of getting the money into Tyler’s hands.

“I believe this is the right thing to do,” the treasurer wrote.

Forté embraced the action, telling Channel 41 in a tweet, “We’ll work with state in an attempt to allow state to return the money. The honest youngster is deserving of the $.”

Indeed he is.

This is the kind of good-news story we need to hear more about.

It’s also a nice way to end a story that didn’t seem right from the start — that somebody doing something so unselfishly couldn’t get some kind of monetary reward for it.

Finally, yes, Zweifel will score a few political points with this act. So what?

It was the correct action to take.

Just as Tyler’s action was correct when he turned in that $10,000 in the first place.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. He appears on “Ruckus” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays on KCPT. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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