Homeless man turns in lost bag with $41,000
In a selfless act, he hands over a backpack filled with cash and American Express Travelers Cheques.
What would you do if you lacked a roof over your head and found a backpack filled with $41,000?
While that might seem like an ethics 101 question, it's a very real moral dilemma that faced a homeless man in Boston on Saturday, reports the Boston Herald.
The man, whom police didn't name, reportedly flagged down law enforcement officials and told them he found the bag in front of clothing retailer T.J. Maxx. But it didn't contain the usual contents of a book bag. Instead, inside was $2,400 in cash and $39,500 in American Express (AXP) Travelers Cheques.
Of course, Travelers Cheques contain some measure of security, given that American Express will refund them if they're lost or stolen. And to cash one, stores require consumers to verify their signatures, which offers another level of security.
The backpack's owner was identified by the Republic of China passport also found in the backpack, while police were contacted by a customer reporting he'd lost a bag with a large sum of money, the Herald notes.
While it's not known what motivated the homeless man to turn in the cash-filled bag, research has demonstrated that altruism can help people lead healthier and happier lives. When people are struggling with their own problems, seeking ways to help others can be an effective way to alleviate stress, anxiety and even chronic pain.
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"The person faithful in what is least is faithful also in much." Luke 16:10
I think it is sad that at the end of the article a psychological theory had to be given, like this just wasn't the right thing to do. The bottom line is that there are demonstrations every day of the free will we have been given and the ways that people excercise it. Just because someone does not have a roof over their head does not mean that they do not have better morals than many people. As the article states in its' opening line, "What would you do"?
God bless the homeless man, he is a much better man than many that I know, and that I blog with on MSN Auto.
Let's hope the man is rewarded in some way. Nice upper for the day.
Shirley In Oregon
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