Supermarket clerk Luke Schober, 18, was wrapping up his Sunday night job of collecting grocery carts when he found one of the carts held a bank bag - stuffed with $88,904 in cash, checks and money orders.
The Douglas High School senior finished his task at the South Carson Albertsons store then handed over the bonanza to his manager, who called police.
"He didn't have any other choice in his mind. That was the only thing for him to do," said Michelle Schober, Luke's mother. "He is an excellent son."
Investigators said a Reno businessman left the bag in the cart after loading groceries into his car. The unnamed investment consultant left an emotional message on the Schobers' home answering machine telling Luke, "You saved my life," and also gave him "a substantial reward," his mother said.
Luke Schober was unavailable for comment because of an Albertsons' policy of not letting employees speak with the media, a company spokeswoman said.