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Man forgets $81K on train, 2 teens return fortune

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A train travels through the Scandinavian mountains (Thinkstock)

A train travels through the Scandinavian mountains (Thinkstock)

Two Norwegian teens are being praised for their honesty after returning 467,200 kroner ($81,500) to a man who had accidentally left the cash on a train.

The Raw Story reports that the teens found the small fortune in a bag left on a seat in a train traveling between Oslo and a small town in the southeast section of Norway.

One of the teens, identified by local paper Vestby Avis as Bendik, told the paper: "When I opened the bag, the first thing I saw were these wads and wads of bills." Bendik added that his first thought was to notify the police.

Upon further examination of the bag, the teens noticed a passport belong to man in his 70s. Raw Story reports that the owner was expected to pick up the cash at a local police station. No word on whether the man was going to give the teens a reward.

This is just the latest incident in what feels like an epidemic of honesty. Earlier this week, a story surfaced about a Wal-Mart employee who returned an envelope with $20,000 inside. In February, a couple found a camera case with $11,000 near the Golden Gate Bridge. They tracked down the grateful owners.

And the goodness keeps on coming. Last year, a bus driver in Austria returned a bag with over $510,000 inside. A few months ago, a casino worker came across $10,000 in a restroom. She turned it right in. And in November, a taxi driver in Singapore found a jaw-dropping $900,000 in the back seat of his cab. He returned it.

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