ANAHEIM HILLS (CBSLA.com) — An Orange County man was brought to tears on Friday after coming face-to-face with the good Samaritan who returned his misplaced funds.
Warren Bloom was overjoyed to meet Felipe Perez, a veteran busboy of Keno’s Restaurant on La Palma Avenue.
“I saw my money flying away, but there are good people in this world and you’re one of them,” Bloom told Perez.
Two nights ago, Perez stumbled upon a white envelope with the $5,000 inside on the floor of a bathroom stall he was cleaning during his shift.
Near tears on Friday, Perez told CBS2’s Michele Gile that his only option was to return the money.
“It was not my money. I’m not gonna keep it,” he said.
Plans were being made by the Anaheim police chief and the city’s mayor to honor Perez for his act of kindness.
For Bloom, though, the return of his thousands in cash marked his second close call.
Bloom initially withdrew the funds after an apparent scam artist convinced him to send the money abroad. Luckily, he didn’t fall for it.
“It’s refreshing that we have people such as yourself who are willing find the money and return the money,” Deputy Chief Raul Quezada of the Anaheim Police Department told Perez.