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A Homeless Man Found a Backpack Filled with $42,000…and Turned It In

I’d like to think that even if I was flat broke, I’d still be as good of a human being as this guy is. But somehow I doubt I’m even that good NOW.

A homeless man in Boston named Glen James was walking around a parking lot on Saturday when he came across a backpack in front of a TJ Maxx store. And when he opened it up, he found a passport, $2,400 in CASH and $40,000 in traveler’s checks.

Now at that point, Glen could have run off with it…or just walked into TJ Maxx and pretty much bought EVERYTHING.

But instead, he saw a police car, flagged them down, and TURNED IT IN without taking a dime. About an hour later, the rightful owner called in, and the cops identified him using the passport in the bag.

Glen released a statement yesterday that said, “Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny of the money I found.”  And he used the opportunity to thank all the people who have given him change over the years.

It’s not clear if he’s getting a reward. But after the story broke yesterday, someone set up a fundraising page on for Glen. And the goal is to raise $50,000 for him.

(Boston Herald / CBS Boston / / Boston Magazine)

Check out a photo of Glen and the cash and traveler’s checks here:

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