Skip to comments.Homeless Man Returns Backpack Filled With $42,000, Gets Gold Star
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.
IRS, IRS. Please pick up the white Informer Line phone.
I returned a bag of money and all I got was a t-shirt...
Seriously, good for him being honest.
I wonder if a finder’s fee is a Chinese custom?
Does this homeless man owe taxes on the money, since he found it and “gifted” it to the original owner?
Presumably, if he were like most homeless guys, he wouldn’t have turned it in in the first place.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Is there any reason why a Chinese businessman would be carrying $40k in travelers checks and cash?
Presumably, if he were like most homeless guys, he wouldnt have turned it in in the first place.
Ah- no judgment made- just a sensible sane conclusion.
I would think twice before returning it. Chinese nationals are not our friends
That’s great, but you can’t exactly eat a citation.
What’s here that’s even worth spying on any more?
Meh, I don’t care how he spends it. If he deserves a reward, give him the reward.
So when he washed his one pair of pants, he was laundering money?
“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.
Offer him a job; he’ll either be very happy, or immediately disappear!
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