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(Daily Mail)   Remember the homeless man who returned the ring he was given in error? He has over $100k in donations yet he doesn't think he deserves it. "What has the world come to when a person who returns something that doesn't belong to him & all this happens?'   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 66
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2013-02-24 07:55:57 AM  
Nobody thought to hire this guy as a security guard or what have you?  There's no reason to turn that down, he's demonstrated desirable traits for that line of work.
 
2013-02-24 08:45:09 AM  
guess he'll be living in a crack mansion tonight
 
2013-02-24 08:46:41 AM  
$132k and climbing... it's nice to see that when the right kind of people meet in the world good things can still happen.

/obnoxious, racist and otherwise idiotic comments to follow.
 
2013-02-24 08:46:43 AM  
I agree with the homeless guy.

I mean, everyone means well, but wtf?

As the lady says, she feels him returning the ring was a miracle.
Welcome to our brave new world, where a person acting like a decent human being is a farking miracle.

/hope the dude gets some honest help in managing that cash
 
2013-02-24 08:47:14 AM  
He's homeless because he doesnt want to wirk.  All he has to do is keep finding rings and returning them and he'll be just fine.
 
2013-02-24 08:47:31 AM  
This story is complete bs...

When I got divorced, the ex took my testicles, self-confidence, 2/3rds of everything I owned and the kids - all due to her cheating on me...None of that 'belonged' to her but she still got it. This guy should tuck his junk, slap on a wig and some cheap makeup and then he'll 'deserved' everything he has.

See how it works?

/women - the 'equal' gender
 
2013-02-24 08:47:42 AM  
He's more than welcome to PayPal it to BronyMedic at: chanceemt31283hotmail.com.
 
2013-02-24 08:48:04 AM  
DNRTFA but it does say soemthing.

People want to help other people who are down on their luck.

OTOH, they are afraid to help other people because they think they might not be good people.

A simple act of returning an item of value can convince others that you are a good person.

They might not hire you for a job, but they'll throw some cash your way.

So be honest? lol, that doesn't work. Look at all us honest people. How rich are we? Does anyone think Donald Trump would return a ring to its rightful owner if he found it laying on the ground?
 
2013-02-24 08:49:31 AM  

Fizpez: $132k and climbing... it's nice to see that when the right kind of people meet in the world good things can still happen.

/obnoxious, racist and otherwise idiotic comments to follow.


Oh was he black?

Sorry, I missed the racist angle to this story. I only read the headline and figured he was a good and decent person.
 
2013-02-24 08:50:07 AM  
When something you lose is worth more to you than the money it cost, yeah... I can see doing something like this when you get it back.  Good for the Darlings for not just giving him $100 and leaving.  Maybe he'll get enough money to turn his life around...  although I know the statistics about what actually happens to people who get money and don't know how to manage it.  :-(
 
2013-02-24 08:56:01 AM  
Why is this man homeless, but farking every member of Congress has a place to live?
 
2013-02-24 08:57:38 AM  
I hope that all this money and attention doesn't make this man a target for unscrupulous people. And who's going to protect him from himself?
 
2013-02-24 08:57:40 AM  
Great. So it takes a chance encounter to heap a ton of money on a single homeless person who probably has no ability to manage that kind of funds, and will probably squander it in a heartbeat. I wonder what kind of good $132,000 would do for a homeless shelter or other program. It's pretty farked up that it takes a pretty blonde losing her precious rock to focus any attention on a homelessness epidemic in our country, and the result is an effort that only perpetuates the problem
 
2013-02-24 08:57:42 AM  
because you aren't the guy that stole an X-box from a Children's Hospital
 
2013-02-24 08:58:24 AM  
touching story..  gave 5$,  hope the guy can use it to get a new start
 
2013-02-24 09:00:18 AM  

kregh99: Why is this man homeless, but farking every member of Congress has a place to live?


The world we live in is nightmarishly farked.
 
2013-02-24 09:01:58 AM  

XveryYpettyZ: When something you lose is worth more to you than the money it cost, yeah... I can see doing something like this when you get it back.  Good for the Darlings for not just giving him $100 and leaving.  Maybe he'll get enough money to turn his life around...  although I know the statistics about what actually happens to people who get money and don't know how to manage it.  :-(


Maybe he'll continue living "home free" as surfer dude Kai calls it but will use the money for necessities like dental work and good shoes.
 
2013-02-24 09:03:05 AM  
I think I know why he's poor & homeless.

Greedy & selfish people, who would have kept or sold the ring, and prefer to take & keep any money that comes their way, tend to get ahead in this world.

There's no mystery here. Totally selfless people who are generous and don't want to keep anything for themselves, will eventually end up with nothing, and then homeless.
 
2013-02-24 09:05:36 AM  
I don't understand the followup, the quote was in yesterday's article, the only change I've noticed is the amount increasing slightly over the past few hours. Oh, and jealous assholes in the thread whining about what other people do with their money, and judging the man by his homeless status saying he'll just blow it all. Because he obviously has some sort of problem. I'm guessing he buys a small house outright, a cheap used vehicle, and starts his own small business, probably helping other homeless people he has met that he trusts.
 
2013-02-24 09:06:38 AM  

staplermofo: Nobody thought to hire this guy as a security guard or what have you?  There's no reason to turn that down, he's demonstrated desirable traits for that line of work.


That...or insanity.
 
2013-02-24 09:07:34 AM  
i would have given the ring to a hooker
and asked her to marry me
 
2013-02-24 09:09:19 AM  

CokeBear: I think I know why he's poor & homeless.

Greedy & selfish people, who would have kept or sold the ring, and prefer to take & keep any money that comes their way, tend to get ahead in this world.

There's no mystery here. Totally selfless people who are generous and don't want to keep anything for themselves, will eventually end up with nothing, and then homeless.


Is it any surprise that someone who doesn't want anything ends up with what they want?

Nature is full of selfishness. It shouldn't really come as a surprise that selfishness is part of our make-up.

/selfish bastard
 
2013-02-24 09:21:30 AM  
i would have given the ring to a hooker
and asked her to marry me
... and this would be different from your basic 'man proposes to woman then she takes everything' scenario in what way?....
 
GCD
2013-02-24 09:24:04 AM  
"What has the world come to when a person who returns something that doesn't belong to him & all this happens?"

The world has become a sad place Mr. Harris. A sad, sad place where people feel that "doing the right thing" should involve a ticker-tape parade, a reward and recognition from the media.

I know that I'll sound like a crotchety old bastard, but I seriously hate the majority of people. I find that there's this overwhelming feeling of "grandeur" among people. That they are "entitled" to do whatever they want, whenever they want and take absolutely no responsibility for their actions (or their consequences).

It runs the gauntlet - from people cutting in line at the coffee shop and feeling 100% in-the-right about doing so because "they're in a hurry" to people stopping at an accident scene and pulling out their cell phone to take pictures/videos instead of actually trying to assist the people involved.

It's disgusting and it confuses and enrages me on a daily basis that society has taken such a sharp turn towards going to hell in a handbasket.

I sincerely wish this guy all the best. He's part of a dying breed of people who actually give a damn about others and not just themselves. I hope that he can use the money to invest in his future.
 
2013-02-24 09:25:04 AM  

bump: i would have given the ring to a hooker
and asked her to marry me... and this would be different from your basic 'man proposes to woman then she takes everything' scenario in what way?....


cause she has herpes?
 
2013-02-24 09:31:06 AM  

MurphyMurphy: I agree with the homeless guy.

I mean, everyone means well, but wtf?

As the lady says, she feels him returning the ring was a miracle.
Welcome to our brave new world, where a person acting like a decent human being is a farking miracle.

/hope the dude gets some honest help in managing that cash


iat's really sad. I mean, I get a spring in my step when I see someone actually put their shopping cart back in the cart caddy.
 
2013-02-24 09:31:37 AM  
People are giving him money because they can't believe a good person can be homeless.  They believe that the people who are poor and homeless deserve their fate, either because of a Randian belief in the fundamental unfitness of the lowers or because God has decreed the poverty of the homeless and their own prosperity.  Anyway, a homeless person doing something decent offends this belief and they act to correct this mistake by donating money.

Of course, the implication is that they, and the majority of society, feel that the rest of the homeless are doing just fine on the street.
 
2013-02-24 09:32:18 AM  

staplermofo: Nobody thought to hire this guy as a security guard or what have you?  There's no reason to turn that down, he's demonstrated desirable traits for that line of work.


I'd hire him in an instant. There are so few honest people anymore, this guy deserves the HERO tag.
 
2013-02-24 09:38:19 AM  
"promises" of donations are one thing, but actually GIVING is another.  From the sounds of it, this guy will probably give most, if not all he might receive (minus the stupid amount the IRS will steal) to some family members, other homeless or to a homeless shelter.  Never judge a book by its cover.
 
2013-02-24 09:57:55 AM  
In the UK?   wait until he gets a visit from the tax man....ohhhh the tax man.
 
2013-02-24 10:11:41 AM  

p51d007: minus the stupid amount the IRS will steal


With sites like these, you're basically aggregating a bunch of small gifts for someone... Recipients of gifts never pay taxes on their gifts... It's not taxable income... And, givers of gifts only pay taxes if the gift is large enough (over $10,000 or something like that, I think)... The FAQ on the site says as much, but uses weasel words to cover their ass, because they're not authorized to give tax advice...
 
2013-02-24 10:19:33 AM  
Harris had a hunch that the owner would return for it and so he stored it in a safe place.

1.bp.blogspot.com

/sorry, had to be done
 
2013-02-24 10:27:10 AM  

Z-clipped: Harris had a hunch that the owner would return for it and so he stored it in a safe place.

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/sorry, had to be done


Five long years...
 
2013-02-24 10:35:26 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: People are giving him money because they can't believe a good person can be homeless.  They believe that the people who are poor and homeless deserve their fate, either because of a Randian belief in the fundamental unfitness of the lowers or because God has decreed the poverty of the homeless and their own prosperity.  Anyway, a homeless person doing something decent offends this belief and they act to correct this mistake by donating money.

Of course, the implication is that they, and the majority of society, feel that the rest of the homeless are doing just fine on the street.


I was thinking more along the lines of there are so many people who need help in society that it's overwhelming. I think a lot of us would like to make a positive difference in someone's life but the sheer numbers make us shy away. That and the fear of being duped. This man doing what he did gave people some idea of who he is, so they feel better giving to him. It made him stand out in a good way.
 
2013-02-24 10:36:44 AM  
and see if it was a $7/hr mcdonalds employee returning the ring, he'd get like zip
 
2013-02-24 10:39:29 AM  
Charlie Freak had but one thing to call his own...
 
2013-02-24 10:44:43 AM  
Though I imagine those are the terms of the site, seems a little cruel to have this money available to him 90 days out... is he still simply on the street for another three months?
 
2013-02-24 10:51:45 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-24 10:59:46 AM  

Vangor: Though I imagine those are the terms of the site, seems a little cruel to have this money available to him 90 days out... is he still simply on the street for another three months?


oh dog i'm so sorry.  someone smiled to someone and said hello to someone, so we better clothes them and get them their own farking apartment !
 
2013-02-24 11:02:58 AM  
He is right.

This should be the rule, not the exception, but the republicans and fox news have taught me to be selfish, so now this is the rarity.

How sad this country has become.

//meteor strike, etc, etc,
 
2013-02-24 11:25:50 AM  

TheLopper: I get a spring in my step when I see someone actually put their shopping cart back in the cart caddy.


This is the saddest thing I've read in a while. Because I completely agree.
 
2013-02-24 11:26:35 AM  

GCD: "What has the world come to when a person who returns something that doesn't belong to him & all this happens?"

The world has become a sad place Mr. Harris. A sad, sad place where people feel that "doing the right thing" should involve a ticker-tape parade, a reward and recognition from the media.

I know that I'll sound like a crotchety old bastard, but I seriously hate the majority of people. I find that there's this overwhelming feeling of "grandeur" among people. That they are "entitled" to do whatever they want, whenever they want and take absolutely no responsibility for their actions (or their consequences).

It runs the gauntlet - from people cutting in line at the coffee shop and feeling 100% in-the-right about doing so because "they're in a hurry" to people stopping at an accident scene and pulling out their cell phone to take pictures/videos instead of actually trying to assist the people involved.

It's disgusting and it confuses and enrages me on a daily basis that society has taken such a sharp turn towards going to hell in a handbasket.

I sincerely wish this guy all the best. He's part of a dying breed of people who actually give a damn about others and not just themselves. I hope that he can use the money to invest in his future.



Farkied for feeling the same way that I do.
 
2013-02-24 11:33:58 AM  

eaglepuss: I was thinking more along the lines of there are so many people who need help in society that it's overwhelming. I think a lot of us would like to make a positive difference in someone's life but the sheer numbers make us shy away. That and the fear of being duped. This man doing what he did gave people some idea of who he is, so they feel better giving to him. It made him stand out in a good way.


It's (obviously) not possible for the average person to help everyone that needs it. In fact, doing seemingly "noble" things like giving out blankets to the homeless on Christmas eve can be detrimental, as it fosters a "I've done my share... I've helped someone!" attitude. If you're really serious about wanting to make the world a better place, pick one single person in need -- a lonely person in a retirement home, a kid waiting to be adopted, anyone, and do everything you can for them (even this can be incredibly difficult to do).
 
2013-02-24 11:59:30 AM  
When I lived in NYC, being an occasionally decent human being was a great source of amusement. Giving good directions, telling tourists where they could get a good meal relatively cheap, helping people navigate the subways, returning a wallet with the cash intact... almost every little act resulted in such befuddlement that someone they perceived as a New Yorker would be helpful. It was a kick.

Here in Wayne County, Ohio, it is just the way things are usually done. Instead, I have to get my kicks by being nice to the occasional ranting loon, either intensifying or shutting the rant. Satisfying either way.
 
2013-02-24 11:59:45 AM  
Don't be farking stupid. Take as much money as you need to get yourself cleaned up, find a job, and pay for the first and last months' rent for an apartment. Put the rest in a trust to help others do the same. People pray for shiat like this to happen everyday and now you can actually do something to help yourself and others in your situation.
 
2013-02-24 12:01:36 PM  

wildsnowllama: Don't be farking stupid. Take as much money as you need to get yourself cleaned up, find a job, and pay for the first and last months' rent for an apartment. Put the rest in a trust to help others do the same. People pray for shiat like this to happen everyday and now you can actually do something to help yourself and others in your situation.


I suspect he's homeless because he doesn't make good decisions. Why do you expect him to start now?
 
2013-02-24 12:13:29 PM  
I do the right thing and I don't get shiat.
 
2013-02-24 12:19:47 PM  

Maus III: He's more than welcome to PayPal it to BronyMedic at: chanceemt31283hotmail.com.



??
 
2013-02-24 12:41:11 PM  

bump: This story is complete bs...

When I got divorced, the ex took my testicles, self-confidence, 2/3rds of everything I owned and the kids - all due to her cheating on me...None of that 'belonged' to her but she still got it. This guy should tuck his junk, slap on a wig and some cheap makeup and then he'll 'deserved' everything he has.

See how it works?

/women - the 'equal' gender


Let rhe hatred flow through you
 
2013-02-24 12:59:41 PM  

WhippingBoy: wildsnowllama: Don't be farking stupid. Take as much money as you need to get yourself cleaned up, find a job, and pay for the first and last months' rent for an apartment. Put the rest in a trust to help others do the same. People pray for shiat like this to happen everyday and now you can actually do something to help yourself and others in your situation.

I suspect he's homeless because he doesn't make good decisions. Why do you expect him to start now?


because there's a meth paycheck at the end of the line
 
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