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Posted on 02/23/2013 11:58:42 AM PST by rawhide
A homeless man in Kansas City, Missouri is facing a windfall of more than $100,000 for his kindness after he returned a diamond engagement ring to its rightful owner, which she had accidentally dropped into his donation cup.
Billy Ray Harris, who is homeless and often sleeps under a bridge, was shocked to find that a diamond ring had been dropped in his collection cup while begging last Friday.
The ring was so big I knew if it was real it had to be expensive, he told KCTV. Rather than pawn it, Harris had a hunch that the owner would return for it and so he stored it in a safe place.
The ring belonged to Sarah Darling, who was devastated the next day when she realized she had lost it.
It was horrible. It was such a feeling of loss, said Darling. It meant so much to me beyond just the financial value.
Darling rarely takes the ring off,but that day had put it in her purse for safe keeping after she had developed a slight rash on her finger.
She went back to look for Harris on the Saturday,but couldnt find him. She tried again the next day and fortunately he was in the same spot.
I asked him...I don't know if you remember me, but I think I gave you something that's very precious to me, and he says, Was it a ring? Yeah, I have it, I kept it for you,'" said Darling.
She described finding the ring again as a miracle.
To show their appreciation, Darling and her husband set up an online fundraising page on giveforward.com for Harris.
So far more than 3,800 donations have been made, totaling over $100,000. The money will be given to Harris at the end of a 90-day campaign.
He’ll be back on the street in six months.
If these are all considered gifts...and they are....he doesn’t have to pay taxes on it.
>>Hell be back on the street in six months.<<
How I wish that wasn’t true, but it probably is.
The one with the "smooth announcer" voice....he was crud...a pimp and a doper....rotten to the core.
He obviously is not rotten to the core to have performed such a deed, but he likely has some pretty serious issues to be homeless. Ending back up on the street is not that hard to believe. If he was appointed a person to oversee these finances for him, he would have a much better shot.
Either way, God bless him for his honesty. I hope he succeeds.
I think you're referring to Ted Williams and if so, the last I read was he had cleaned up, is sober and is actually doing some commercial voice overs. Seems he has a girlfriend and even has a house. Sounds like he's doing pretty well to me.
I hope he’s not. I bear him no malice. Fact is, most homeless people are there by choice.
Good luck to him.
Does she really, really, really want that ring back?
She went to my high school. Too bad she’s a lib.
Have you not ‘judged’ E. Pluribus Unum?
I hope hes not. I bear him no malice. Fact is, most chronically homeless people are there by choice.
Hope your right.......but if he has sneaky loser relatives he will be!
There are probably a 100 puns for this, do you think I can think of them??
At least he will have a great six months if that is the case. All in all, the man did a very good thing in a world where doing good things is increasingly rare.
Amen. It's all too easily exploited by those who are soft on evil, to castigate or silence those who retain the ability to call a spade a spade.
As for the homeless guy who returned the ring, I say good on him, and I wish him the best of luck. That was the right thing to do, and he did it when no one was looking.
He's got more integrity than the whole US Congress.