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Homeless Man Finds $3,300 in Cash, Returns It to the Owner

Dave Talley, a homeless man who lives in Tempe, Arizona, found a backpack containing $3,300 in cash. He turned it into a local social services agency:

The temptation to keep the money was almost overwhelming, he said. Then, his conscience kicked in.

"The reality set in that it wasn't my money and it needed to be turned over," he said.


Inside the backpack was a flashdrive with a resume belonging to Bryan Belanger, a student at Arizona State University and the owner of the backpack:

"It's humbling, and it puts things into perspective," Belanger said of Talley's decision. "From his point of view, he could've taken care of himself by paying for rent or something with that money."


Link | Photo: ABC 15

anyone stupid enough to leave three thousand dollars in a backpack somewhere deserves to have it taken by a homeless person... Given the document with which they located the unattendant loot-loser, that dude should be ashamed for even giving it back, in all reality.
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Although people shouldn't expect rewards for returning lost wallets and what not, I hope he gave the guy a little something to help him out.
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Looks like he uses his supposed honesty as an excuse so he can continue being a slacker and a bum and doesn't need to take care of his life.

Yea, I'm not buying this. :)
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I'm wondering:
1) Why a student has that much cash in his backpack. (There are legitimate reasons; but I'd suspect he was in a cash-only business, as well.)

2) why intent matters to so many readers, when witnessing a good deed? Regardless of the reason, the returner did a good thing. Whether there was some hidden agenda speaks to how impressive it is he did a good thing. But it's a good thing, regardless.
(I'm not skeptical of all, personally. I realize that only a small fraction of the population would return it...but...well, I would. And the fact that so many of you think that's weird makes me sad.
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I pray he will be richly rewarded for his actions. He is truly a godly person whether he knows it or not. And I hope the young man will reward him as well. It's not everyday you get your backpack and your money back. God bless them.
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I am gainfully employed white collar worker. I may have been tempted to keep that amount of money. It would take care of more than a months expenses for me including house payment, car insurance, utilites, student loans and other bills. To a homeless man that would have been a fortune! months of rent prepaid at a rooming house, being able to buy more than 1 days worth of food at a time, new clothes for interviews. Why was a college student walking around with that kind of cash?
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hmmm, a student with exactly enough cash to buy one pound of weed, who is foolhardy and forgetful enough to misplace that kind of scratch...

hmmmm....
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@Hazy DAvy

"I realize that only a small fraction of the population would return it...but...well, I would. And the fact that so many of you think that's weird makes me sad."

I think you'd be surprised, really, at just how many people would return it. I'd peg it somewhere around 30-40%.
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I agree with you, nutbastard (and, oh how I loved to type your name).

I once left my purse on the roof of my car and drove away. It fell off at a busy intersection where a man in a blue truck picked it up. Several people who saw it happen called into the radio stations and reported what had happened and gave the DJs the license plate number of the truck in the hopes that I could get it back.

The man in the blue truck had driven my purse directly to the nearest police station anyway. Everything was intact.

I believe that more people are kind than otherwise.
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He was carrying the money to buy a car, according to the article.

I think it's great to hear about something so positive, regardless of how rare or widespread it may be.
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I found a wallet the other day with $300 in it. The guy's phone number wasn't in there nor was it listed, so instead of handing it into the police station (they would probably take their sweet time to contact the guy and by then he would already be inconvenienced by having to cancel all his cards), I drove to his house to return it to him directly.

I didn't expect a reward and wouldn't have accepted it if he offered (even though I'm an unemployed student with a huge student loan) because I would have hoped that anyone would offer me the same courtesy if my wallet was lost.

I really can't even conceive of keeping money that belongs to someone else. The guilt would consume me.
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"Looks like he uses his supposed honesty as an excuse so he can continue being a slacker and a bum and doesn't need to take care of his life."

Yeah, it's obvious you didn't read the article and just commented on the blurb.

From the article:

"There are countless things a man like Talley could have done with the money. A recovering drug addict, Talley lives in a system of shelters run by the Tempe Community Action Agency. He's trying to get back on his feet, juggling volunteering at the agency with part-time work.

That weekend, his bicycle - his only mode of transportation - needed to be fixed, a major expense."

And even if he did want to avoid taking responsibility, why would he give all that money up? Just think of all the booze and drugs he could buy with all that cash!

Why can't it be possible that a person who made some life changing mistakes in the past has a conscience?
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