Homeless Guy Returns Backpack Stuffed With Money

Would you do the same?

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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.

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8 comments
FloydJohnson
FloydJohnson

... and no reward?  At the very least it should have been suggested.

Batman
Batman

This is what I was taking about when I said I wanted to inspire people

AazobaYuzuki
AazobaYuzuki

poor homeless guy, he's still homeless ... chinese people are not known for it's sympathy towards "lesser" people ....

Karl
Karl

I'm floored by the homeless man's decency. I hate to think what I would do in a similar situation. Some adults remember what they were taught by good parents, by good teachers and by good Sunday Schools. Or whoever was there to teach them, right from wrong when it comes to money.

AazobaYuzuki
AazobaYuzuki

@BillyAkane @AazobaYuzuki 


more than you and in more than 10 countries ...chinese born here and there, and everywhere ...they know it, i know it, do you know it?

Watayuno
Watayuno

@AazobaYuzuki @BillyAkane

What a strange thing to say, to claim that you know more than a stranger you've never met. A man once said to God "These people you've made a are so bad, you should wipe them out from the earth," and to him God replied "What makes you say that?" The man said, "I've traveled many countries and have met many of these people and they all are the same." God said "That's strange, I don't remember making them all the same. Are you sure you've met all of them?"