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Homeless Man Returns Backpack Filled With $42,000, Gets Gold Star
New York Magazine ^ | 9/16 | Joe Coscarelli

Posted on 09/16/2013 1:14:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The down-on-his-luck man who turned in a backpack containing $2,400 in cash, nearly $40,000 in traveler's checks, and a Chinese passport to its rightful owner at a Massachusetts mall over the weekend will receive a "special citation" from Boston police. This would be a great time for good karma to prove it exists.


TOPICS: Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: missing

1 posted on 09/16/2013 1:14:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

IRS, IRS. Please pick up the white Informer Line phone.


2 posted on 09/16/2013 1:18:56 PM PDT by TaMoDee (Go Pack Go!)
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To: nickcarraway

I returned a bag of money and all I got was a t-shirt...

Seriously, good for him being honest.


3 posted on 09/16/2013 1:19:39 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: nickcarraway
Saw that story.Seems that the guy could be given a pretty hefty reward....but he'd probably spend it on booze and/or drugs (if he's like most homeless guys).
4 posted on 09/16/2013 1:20:06 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if a finder’s fee is a Chinese custom?


5 posted on 09/16/2013 1:21:20 PM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: TaMoDee

Does this homeless man owe taxes on the money, since he found it and “gifted” it to the original owner?


6 posted on 09/16/2013 1:22:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Gay State Conservative

Presumably, if he were like most homeless guys, he wouldn’t have turned it in in the first place.


7 posted on 09/16/2013 1:23:00 PM PDT by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: TaMoDee
IRS, IRS. Please pick up the white Informer Line phone.

I am of the firm opinion that 99% of all Chinese "diplomats","students" and "tourists" in this country are,in fact,spies...either of the military or industrial variety.Forty thousand? Never mind the IRS...call the FBI.

8 posted on 09/16/2013 1:23:08 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Sloth
Presumably, if he were like most homeless guys, he wouldn’t have turned it in in the first place.

Yes,you have a point there.However,just because he has a conscience doesn't necessarily means he doesn't abuse drugs/alcohol.The overwhelming majority of homeless *men*,at least,are schizophrenic,drug addicted or alcoholic.

9 posted on 09/16/2013 1:26:27 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m surprised the police didn’t just confiscate it. “Who needs that much cash? It’s probably drug money. Police benevolent fund needs a boost anyway.”


10 posted on 09/16/2013 1:29:06 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Chinese habit is to always carry a lot of cash when traveling. Credit cards are not yet popular, and they may not have a foreign bank account back in China to pay it. Credit cards are still not widely accepted in China outside of big cities or larger establishments.

Plus people don’t trust the government there, so they keep a lot of cash in their homes as well.

Years ago, I met a student from a dirt-poor rural part of China - probably the first in his area to go to university. He was on scholarship, which gave him his stipend every 6 months. He had 1 pair of pants, and he literally sewed his scholarship cash into the waistline of his pants - he was that concerned about losing it.


11 posted on 09/16/2013 1:30:49 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: nickcarraway
Inspiring story. I heard it today on Boston TV. I thought I heard, "Republic of China," which is Taiwan, I think.

Is there any reason why a Chinese businessman would be carrying $40k in travelers checks and cash?

12 posted on 09/16/2013 1:32:58 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Sloth

Presumably, if he were like most homeless guys, he wouldn’t have turned it in in the first place.

Ah- no judgment made- just a sensible sane conclusion.


13 posted on 09/16/2013 1:46:31 PM PDT by handmade
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To: nickcarraway

I would think twice before returning it. Chinese nationals are not our friends


14 posted on 09/16/2013 1:46:43 PM PDT by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: nickcarraway

That’s great, but you can’t exactly eat a citation.


15 posted on 09/16/2013 1:47:44 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Gay State Conservative

What’s here that’s even worth spying on any more?


16 posted on 09/16/2013 1:52:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Meh, I don’t care how he spends it. If he deserves a reward, give him the reward.


17 posted on 09/16/2013 1:55:25 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: PGR88

So when he washed his one pair of pants, he was laundering money?


18 posted on 09/16/2013 1:57:06 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

“Is there any reason why a Chinese businessman would be carrying $40k in travelers checks and cash?”

If you can’t come up with a reason, you are probably no fun to party with.


19 posted on 09/16/2013 2:06:20 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: nickcarraway

Offer him a job; he’ll either be very happy, or immediately disappear!


20 posted on 09/16/2013 2:13:13 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: nickcarraway

i could understand the $2400 going missing and wouldn’t blame the homeless guy one bit.

everything else, tough to move, especially as a homeless guy.

if i were the chinese guy, i’d hand over the $2400. 5% is a very acceptable finders fee


21 posted on 09/16/2013 4:01:50 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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$40,000 in travelers checks. very traceable. horrible for spies.

now, a bag of diamonds would be better. easier to sell and tough to track (assuming no laser etching).

30x gold coins wouldn’t be bad, as they’d be easy to convert. but they’d be fairly heavy and bulky in comparison to travelers checks or diamonds.

although, these days i’d imagine bitcoins would be optimal. as light as a thumb drive and able to easily receive more money from anywhere in the world. after that, it only takes a few days to convert to gold and then to cash. as more people use the bitcoin smartphone apps to trade coins for cash, the ability to move in and out of btc will improve


22 posted on 09/16/2013 4:08:43 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Boogieman; St_Thomas_Aquinas

Is there any reason why a Chinese businessman would be carrying $40k in travelers checks and cash?

If you can’t come up with a reason, you are probably no fun to party with.

Both your comments reminded me of this line from Dr. Strangelove:

“Survival kit contents check. In them you’ll find: one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days’ concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella’ could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.”


23 posted on 09/16/2013 5:38:22 PM PDT by Redcitizen (.)
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