What would you do if you found a backpack filled with more than $40,000 in cash and traveler's checks? Would you keep it? Or give it back?
Just think about that for a moment...
A homeless man in Boston was faced with that very dilemma this past weekend. As you may guess, the reason this is a story and I am writing about it, is because he gave the money back. All of it.
This homeless man found the backpack at a mall, flagged down a police officer and handed it over.
There was a passport from the Republic of China inside the backpack.
I am sure the man who lost the bag outside a TJ Maxx store, probably thought he would never see that money again. A reasonable assumption...
Just imagine his surprise and sheer joy when he was reunited with his bag.
I keep wondering if he even looked inside that backpack?
Did he realize there was $2,400 in cash and $39,500 in traveler's checks in there?
Apparently he did.
Glen James says, ""Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny."
James is from the Boston area and has been homeless since 2005. He worked as a file clerk in the Boston municipal court system for 13 years, but lost his job. James also suffers from Meniere's disease- an inner ear disorder that causes episodes of vertigo.
James says he doesn't want to trouble his relatives and that God has always looked after him. James gets food stamps and panhandles to make money.
As a homeless man, this money could have really turned his life around... maybe it still will...
Maybe I am an idealist, but I truly believe that when you do good, it will come back to you someday ... down the line.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis honored James on Monday.
James was given a special citation and thanked for an "extraordinary show of character and honesty."
What James did, is incredible admirable... and let's be honest rare!
So... now have you decided... what you would do?