A 62-year-old homeless woman from Calgary, Canada was living in a YWCA shelter when she found a purse with $10,000 cash inside. Despite her dire circumstances, she immediately turned the money in.
“It never crossed my mind to keep the money,” she said. “It’s not mine to keep.”
Once the story hit Canadian media, a groundswell of support and cash rewards were offered to the woman, who declined them due to her embarrassment over being homeless and insistence on remaining anonymous. In the end, the owner of the purse set up a $500 trust fund for the woman. That account, combined with other local funding, was enough to move the lady into her own apartment.
Read other stories of people, some in need, who found huge amounts of cash — in amounts up to $221,510 — and decided to return the money in this article.