Metro.co.uk, September 17, 2013
by Paul McMillan
A homeless man in the US who returned a backpack containing thousands in cash and traveller’s cheques said he would not have kept ‘even a penny’ if he was desperate.
Glen James found the rucksack at a shopping mall in Boston and flagged down patrol officers to hand it over.
The backpack contained about £1,500 worth of US dollars, almost £25,000 in traveller’s cheques, a Chinese passport and personal papers.
Its owner told workers at a store at the mall he had lost the bag. He went to the police station, where officers confirmed it belonged to him.
Mr James, who has been homeless since 2005, was honoured on Monday at Boston police headquarters, where commissioner Edward Davis thanked him for his honesty and gave him a special citation.
In a statement, Mr James said: ‘Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny of the money I found.
‘I am extremely religious, God has always very well looked after me.
‘I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone – every pedestrian stranger – who has given me spare change. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.’