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Honest teen returns $1500 found in customer's pocket at Continental Cleaners

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Sep 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-09 16:45:54-04

A couple who mistakenly left $1,500 in a pair of pants at the dry cleaners after going on vacation got their money back, thanks to an honest high school student in Greenwood Village.

When Chris and Nota Syrpes left Greece, Chris gave his leftover Euro's from one pocket to his brother and kept his leftover dollars in his other pocket for the trip home.

When Nota dropped off the clothes at Continental Cleaners in Greenwood Village Monday she didn't check both pockets and the money went with the pants.

However, the Syrpes' daughter, Helen, told 7NEWS, when her parents got home from the cleaners, there was a message waiting.

"All of their money was there," Helen Syrpes said. "They have honest employees working there."

Continental Cleaners owner Bill Platten told 7NEWS that his workers always check pockets for pens, lipstick, chapstick and other items before clothes go into the load.

A Cherry Hills High School student working the counter, Paola, found the money.

Platten said Paola has actually found a large sum of money before.

The Syrpes gave Paola a reward for her honesty.