Honesty is its own reward for local Boy Scout

Updated: 05/15/2014 10:26 AM
Created: 05/14/2014 10:50 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY -- James Villeneuve, 15, was walking with his family and enjoying the Tulip Fest on Saturday. That's when the Shaker High Freshman said he spotted a bag on New Scotland Avenue near Washington Park in Albany. Inside the bag was $4,500 in cash.

"I was shocked because I've never seen that kind of money before," Villeneuve said.

It turns out the bag was for a bank deposit for the CVS store just around the corner from where he found it. Villeneuve said he just had to do the right thing and return the money.

"Boy Scout is about being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent," Villeneuve told Newschannel 13. "I like to demonstrate those on a daily basis. By returning this bag, I figured I can always do some of them."

But there's more. Half an hour earlier, Villenueve had found an iPhone on the ground in Washington park. He called the owner and returned it too. He refused the $100 reward from the phone's owner.

"He was very happy that I found it. He had a lot of business information on it," Villeneuve said.

The manager at CVS gave Villeneuve a $20 gift card. But CVS Public Relations said they plan to do more.

"We are very grateful," said CVS Public Relations Director Mike DeAngelis. "Our local team is in the process of trying to contact the boy. We want to appropriately recognize him and his honesty, and express our gratitude by rewarding him with more."

James Villeneuve is a boy scout who put the value of honesty above all else this past weekend.
Photo: Stuart Dorenz


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