Homeless Man Performs Noble Act - Mid-South News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | FOX13

Homeless Man Performs Noble Act

Posted: Updated:

A homeless man does a noble act. He turns into police a lost backpack with $42,000 inside. It happened in Boston and people there were surprised by what this Good Samaritan decided to do.

"Honestly, that is a jackpot for me," says Juanita Sanchez, a resident.

People laugh about her honest answer to a moral dilemma, but she's completely serious about pocketing money if she had been the one to find it.

"I would probably turn in passports and paperwork, but if there is any cash, I'm keeping it," Sanchez admits.

In this case, she would have walked away with $2400 dollars in cash and turned in the passport from the People's Republic of China. The rest of the loot was in the form of travelers checks, $39,000.

"With that much money, it is not something where you just found a penny on the floor or something like that," says another resident.

"It is a lot of money to miss and I would probably go to the police department and see first. That is what would I do," says a third resident.

When the bag was discovered outside TJ Maxx on Sunday evening, that is exactly what the finder did. Boston police say he flagged down a police car on patrol in the South Base Center parking lot and handed over what some are calling "the key to his future."

The man is homeless, laying his head at night in a Boston shelter.

"I think I would turn it in too, but if I were homeless, honestly, I think I would take the money. Try to get myself a home or something," says another resident.

"God bless him and I hope he gets compensated; he is a homeless man. But I'm sorry, we are living in hard times right now," says Sanchez, still a little disappointed at the Good Samaritan's decision.

One family interviewed disagrees and does not believe the circumstances would have justified the means, and they praise the Good Samaritan for demonstrating that.

"He is a man of integrity. He is honest. You know, sometimes as a homeless person, I'm sure most people don't see that in him or they are quick to judge him," says the wife.

"I think we he all need to learn from that and definitely try to emulate that, like every day," says the husband.

It all goes back to the old saying: don't judge a book by its cover. So far, there is no word on any possible reward for the man.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • DUI Driver Will Not Be Charged In Teen's Death

    DUI Driver Will Not Be Charged In Teen's Death

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:18:38 GMT
    Cops say a driver accused of hitting and killing a Bucks County teen and injuring another while driving under the influence of prescription drugs and cocaine will not be charged.
    Cops say a driver accused of hitting and killing a Bucks County teen and injuring another while driving under the influence of prescription drugs and cocaine will not be charged.
  • Forest Fire Burning In Cumberland County

    Forest Fire Burning In Cumberland County

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:17:05 GMT
    Skyfox was over the scene near Ackley Road in Downe Township Wednesday night.
    Skyfox was over the scene near Ackley Road in Downe Township Wednesday night.
  • Fox 29 Rides Along With The Camden County Police Department

    Fox 29 Rides Along With The Camden County Police Department

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:14:54 GMT
    There is a heroin epidemic in our area Camden County Police say last month in a 24-hour period alone they had 20 heroin overdoses.Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson says the Camden-Philadelphia area has replaced New York as the national hub for heroin.However, it's less of a Camden City problem, and more of an issue of addiction in our suburbs.Fox 29’s Jennifer Joyce rode along with the Camden County Police Department tosee the problem first-hand in the video above.
    There is a heroin epidemic in our area Camden County Police say last month in a 24-hour period alone they had 20 heroin overdoses.Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson says the Camden-Philadelphia area has replaced New York as the national hub for heroin.However, it's less of a Camden City problem, and more of an issue of addiction in our suburbs.Fox 29’s Jennifer Joyce rode along with the Camden County Police Department tosee the problem first-hand in the video above.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices