Rejecting the old “finders keepers” adage, a homeless man in Boston turned in a backpack loaded with $2,400 in cash and $39,500 in traveler’s checks, CBS Boston reports. He found the bag outside a shopping mall in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood on Saturday, and soon handed it over to police. In addition to the cash, the backpack also contained a passport and other personal documents, according to a statement from the Boston Police Department.
Turns out the backpack belonged to a man who’d been shopping at Best Buy that day. When he realized he’d lost the bag, he told the store’s employees, who put him in touch with the police. His identity matched the Republic of China passport inside the bag, and so soon enough, he got his stuff back. In the meantime, the identity of the man who turned it in has not been released.
Let this be a reminder to us all: if you’re toting around a backpack filled with tens of thousands of dollars, you might want to hold on extra tight. Not all strangers will be as kind as this one was.