Homeless Man Who Returned $42K Gets Big Pay Off
We're talking $130K, and growing
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2013 11:05 AM CDT
Glen James (right) during a ceremony thanking him for his honesty.   (gofundme.com)

(Newser) – Whoever said no good deed goes unpunished probably never got six figures out of the act. But turning in a lost backpack with $42,000 in cash and traveler's checks inside has paid off for Glen James, who's raked in more than $130,000 in donations from across the country as of this writing. It all comes from an online fund, set up by a stranger touched by the Good Samaritan and homeless Bostonian, the BBC reports. "The fact that he's in the situation he is, being homeless, it blew my mind that he would do this,'' Ethan Whittington tells the AP.

Whittington, 27, says the crowdfunding campaign on gofundme.com "caught on like wildfire" and he's talked with James on the phone about visiting Boston to hand over the money. Since hitting his $50,000 goal, the marketing accounts manager has bumped that number up to $250,000—so James can buy a house, CBS Boston reports. "After all the stuff you hear on the news, you wonder about people," Withington says. "If we can get more people to do this we could completely change the world, one person at a time."

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Sep 24, 2013 12:22 PM CDT
Is it really such a crime that people would donate money just to make themselves feel better? At the end of this day they're helping a good cause. How is it our position to judge this act. Additionally, if you feel that this is such a concern, why don't you think back to the last time you did something for someone else or for your community-- what was your motive? I think it's ignorant to say that gaining personal pleasure from doing community oriented work is unheard of and a bad thing, rather I think we should embrace this and keep giving back to the community. It's hard enough for people to help out as it is, and now that people have started helping out how does it concern you if you aren't the person partaking in it. Good for this man, hopefully he can go and do something better with his situation. Maybe reevaluate your lifestyle, and think of the bigger picture, if you have such a concern with people donating based on a person motive.
Sep 22, 2013 3:58 PM CDT
Really, folks. Isn't this getting out of hand! I really think people give money, not to help the hapless, but to feel good about themselves. Shameful, people.
Sep 21, 2013 7:18 PM CDT
while its a nice story some homeless folks are homeless because they want to be, wouldnt surprise me if this guy just gives the money away