Homeless hero finds $3,300 cash in lost backpack...

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Homeless hero finds $3,300 cash in lost backpack...

Post by Digger on Sun 21 Nov 2010, 6:12 pm

A homeless man in Arizona found over $3,300 (2,000) in a backpack, and rather than keeping the money he tracked down the owner and gave it back.Dave Talley, a recovering alcoholic who's been homeless for 11 years, found the satchel with thousands cash at a light rail station in Tempe. He had just spent his last money on parts for his bicycle when he came across the money and was initially tempted to keep it.

Dave Tally, who has been homeless for 11 years and was broke, returned $3,300 of cash he found in a backpack
'I don't think anybody would not be tempted by that,' Tally, 49, said in an interview.But instead Tally took the backpack to Stephen Sparks, operations manager at Tempe Community Action Agency, which provides local homeless people with meals and shelter in area churches.They found a flash drive inside the backpack, and on that was a CV belonging to the backpack's owner with his name, Bryan Belanger, on it.The Arizona State University student had been carrying all the cash so he could buy a car.'This is the greatest thing I've ever experienced,' Belanger said, who thought after five days missing the money was gone for good.
'I think it is reallyis a lesson to keep your faith in people. Character exists no matter what your circumstances are.'He gave Tally a unspecified reward and is grateful to have his money back. Belanger's mother then called the local newspaper The Arizona Republic to report the good deed, calling the man's action 'humbling'.Since the story broke Wednesday dozens of people have come forward to thank Tally and offer him money. Tally, who lost his driver's license after an arrest for driving under the influence in 1999, hasn't had a drink since 2003.He still owes restitution for the accident that led to the arrest and his back account is negative $67.Even so, he doesn't doubt his decision to reutrn the cash.'It wasn't my money. I didn't earn it,' Tally says. 'I'm the one that has to lay down every day and deal with myself. If I'd done anything different than what I did, I don't know if I could handle that.'

Stories like this remind me that good can be found in people of all types. What a nice man.

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Re: Homeless hero finds $3,300 cash in lost backpack...

Post by kat on Sun 21 Nov 2010, 10:33 pm

Good for him so glad he had a reward

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