A homeless man in Langford, B.C., who turned in $2,400 he found on the street, has also rejected thousands more that were raised for him after his story drew media attention.
The unidentified man, who said he in his 60s and currently homeless, went to police and returned the large sum of money that he came across, according to Q13 Fox.
The owner of the lost $2,400 was found a short time later, but the honesty of the homeless man, who did not wish to be identified, led others to start up a GoFund Me page for him.
Mike Kelly, a writer for the website Victoria Buzz, organized the page and wrote on the fundraising page that it was actually a newspaper reader who was able to track down the money’s original owner after finding a poster in a Langford park advising that they had lost $2,400. It was clear from the poster, Kelly said, that the person badly needed the money.
Constable Alex Bérubé, spokesperson of the West Shore Royal Canadian Mounted Police, stated in a RCMP news release that after seeing how many people were touched by the man’s honesty, he decided to search for him.
“It’s not easy tracking down a person of no fixed address and no phone, but I kept trying because I needed to tell him about how the community had rallied together to help him,” Bérubé said. “I finally caught up to him on Monday [June 22] and told him about the fundraising … and that he had thousands of dollars waiting for him.”
However, the homeless man surprised Bérubé when instead of asking how to collect the money, he asked him how to donate it to food charity services.
Investigators told the man to think about the more than $5,000 in funds overnight and give them a final answer the next day, but when he returned, he again insisted they donate the funds, but he told police that what he really wanted was a job.
So, The Victoria Buzz is working on finding the man a job, and Kelly reposted the RCMP’s news release and added this at the end:
If you have a job opening please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.