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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A homeless man who found a wallet with nearly $500 helped return it to its owner instead of keeping the cash.

Detective Lt. Thierry Crozier of the Kingston Police Department says the man, identified as Hassel “Junior” Barber, found the wallet lying on a sidewalk along Broadway on Sunday and turned it in to police. The wallet contained $485 and the owner's identification.

Police say the Barber is frequently seen picking up bottles and cans for the deposit and sleeping on stoops along the street.

Crozier wrote: "Thanks to the decency and honesty of a person that most likely could have used the cash - for food, shelter, or any other number of reasons - the wallet and cash were reunited with its owner."

Barber told police he felt bad that someone had lost money and knew that returning it was the “right thing to do.”

Crozier posted details what he called a "feel-good story" on the department's Facebook page to let people know about the man's honesty.

He says, "Many times we make judgements because of another person's appearance or circumstance...remember to keep an open mind and not make that rush to judgment."

Barber was told that several individuals had contacted the Kingston Police Department and wanted to reward him for his good deed. He said that he does not need or want any reward, he just wanted to “do the right thing.”

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