Man Finds Chanel Bag With $10K in Cash at Manhattan Subway Station, Returns It

Man finds $10,000 in cash in bag on the NYC subway, takes it to the police 6 photos
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In today’s news that could potentially restore your faith in humanity, one man found a Chanel purse packed with $10,000 in cash on the subway in Manhattan and took it over to the police.
Taverna tells CNN affiliate WABC that he doesn’t feel like he did something out of the ordinary: he imagined anyone finding this kind of cash in a bag would have done the same.

He was at the Lincoln Center train station when he noticed the blue Chanel bag on the platform. It was clear to him from the start that someone had forgotten it behind, so he went over and picked it up, hoping to find anything on it that might help him identify the owner.

“I picked it up just to see if there was, maybe, some kind of information, identification, inside that I might be able to get in touch with the person,” he says for the media outlet, as you can also see in the video at the bottom of the page.

He only found a note in Russian, and since he didn’t speak the language, he decided to take the bag home to further inspect it. When he did so later that evening, he found an envelope inside and it contained an amount that could have definitely made the holidays brighter: 100 $100 bills.

“I opened the envelope, and there was a big stack of money,” he says. “Somebody lost $10,000, so obviously they're probably going through a lot of duress.”

He laid out the money on his table and snapped a photo, knowing he would want something to remember this incident by. Then, he went over to the 20th Precinct and handed over the bag. A Manhattan woman had come earlier in the day to report having lost it on the subway, as she was on her way to catch a plane to Russia.

Police say she will be getting her money back when she returns to NY in January. As for Taverna, he knows he did the right thing and that’s enough for him. “I don't really think I did anything that extraordinary,” he says. “You feel good when you do the right thing.”

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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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