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Homeless man is given $100,000 after he returned diamond engagement ring to bride...
dailymail.co.uk | 2-23-13

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 couldn’t 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.


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: homeless; ring


1 posted on 02/23/2013 11:58:48 AM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

He’ll be back on the street in six months.


2 posted on 02/23/2013 12:01:26 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: rawhide

If these are all considered gifts...and they are....he doesn’t have to pay taxes on it.


3 posted on 02/23/2013 12:04:13 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: rawhide


4 posted on 02/23/2013 12:06:04 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

>>He’ll be back on the street in six months.<<

How I wish that wasn’t true, but it probably is.


5 posted on 02/23/2013 12:06:04 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
No....I don't think so....Not this one.

The one with the "smooth announcer" voice....he was crud...a pimp and a doper....rotten to the core.

6 posted on 02/23/2013 12:06:28 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

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.


7 posted on 02/23/2013 12:17:16 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Sacajaweau
The one with the "smooth announcer" voice....he was crud...a pimp and a doper....rotten to the core.

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.

8 posted on 02/23/2013 12:17:29 PM PST by mupcat
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To: Sacajaweau

I hope he’s not. I bear him no malice. Fact is, most homeless people are there by choice.


9 posted on 02/23/2013 12:25:07 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Good luck to him.


10 posted on 02/23/2013 12:30:01 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: rawhide
Harris had a hunch that the owner would return for it and so he stored it in a safe place.

Does she really, really, really want that ring back?


11 posted on 02/23/2013 12:40:41 PM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: rawhide

She went to my high school. Too bad she’s a lib.


12 posted on 02/23/2013 12:42:21 PM PST by peggybac (My boss I respect, my father I revered. Chris Rock, Mr. Obama is NOT my boss or my father.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Pray!

Don’t judge.


13 posted on 02/23/2013 12:57:34 PM PST by G Larry
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To: rawhide
Another awesome KC story:

Good Samaritan shuttles passengers on KCATA buses stuck in snow

14 posted on 02/23/2013 1:08:02 PM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: G Larry

Have you not ‘judged’ E. Pluribus Unum?


15 posted on 02/23/2013 1:10:00 PM PST by Misterioso ( "Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence." - Ayn Rand)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
He’ll be back on the street in six months.

Yup, but it will be a hell of a six months. Hope he survives it.
16 posted on 02/23/2013 1:26:56 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: G Larry
Don’t judge.

Bah. This "don't judge" stuff has gotten out of hand. We don't get to judge who is and is not worthy in the eyes of God, but we can darn sure use our judgment about who has and has not proven himself responsible. Remember when a lot of the crimes and bad behavior that occur now were prevented by the concept of shame? Those were better times.
17 posted on 02/23/2013 1:30:17 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: G Larry

I hope he’s not. I bear him no malice. Fact is, most chronically homeless people are there by choice.


18 posted on 02/23/2013 1:47:26 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: All
It was nice of Sarah (smart too) to start that fund for the homeless man.
Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he'll straighten his life out, with all this money.
19 posted on 02/23/2013 2:18:58 PM PST by mickie (My grandson is a Marine.....now serving in Afghanistan.)
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To: Sacajaweau
No....I don't think so....Not this one.

Hope your right.......but if he has sneaky loser relatives he will be!

20 posted on 02/23/2013 4:03:26 PM PST by Isabel2010
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To: Moltke

Oh Yoww!

You pervert!

There are probably a 100 puns for this, do you think I can think of them??


21 posted on 02/23/2013 4:26:58 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

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.


22 posted on 02/23/2013 5:15:11 PM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: fr_freak
Bah. This "don't judge" stuff has gotten out of hand.

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.

23 posted on 02/23/2013 7:22:50 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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