Homeless man returns backpack full of money

Upon finding a book bag containing $2,400 cash and nearly $40,000 in traveler's checks, a Boston homeless man flagged down patrolling officers and handed it over.
Associated Press
Sep 18, 2013


A homeless Boston man who turned in a backpack containing tens of thousands of dollars in cash and traveler's checks says even if he were desperate he wouldn't have kept "even a penny."

Glen James was honored Monday at police headquarters, where Commissioner Edward Davis thanked him for his honesty and gave him a special citation.

James said in a handwritten statement given out at a news conference that he was glad to make sure the bag and its contents were returned to the owner. "Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny," he said.

James found the backpack at the South Bay Mall in the city's Dorchester neighborhood Saturday evening. He flagged down patrolling officers and handed it over.

The backpack contained $2,400 in U.S. currency, almost $40,000 in traveler's checks, Chinese passports and other personal papers.

The man who lost it told workers at a Best Buy store at the mall. He was taken to the police station, where he was confirmed as the rightful owner.

James, whose age wasn't immediately available, said in his statement that he is from the Boston area and has been homeless since 2005. He said he worked in a courthouse for 13 years but lost his job because of difficulties with his boss.

He said he has a medical problem that sometimes causes dizziness, and lives at a Boston-area shelter where he says he is "very well looked after." James said he is a religious man and God has always looked after him.

He also thanked the strangers who have given him spare change on the street.

"It's just nice to have some money in one's pocket so that as a homeless man I don't feel absolutely broke all the time," he said.



Tired Of The Bull


Jack Frost

Funny, give a homeless man something to hang on a wall, that he doesn't have. Ironic???

Darwin's choice

^^ this ^^


Exactly.. That is what I was thinking too.


@ Jack Frost..... SERIOUSLY? How pathetic. This guy performed a good deed and that's all you can think of? Who cares if he doesn't have a wall to hang it on. You don't need a wall to hang something on to be appreciative of it. I have many walls and barely anything hangs on them.

This man has a big and good heart! Good for him for doing the right thing. I just hope the guy who lost the bag will see that and give him a reward, even if it's small. I'm sure if it were someone else, the owner of the bag would have been S.O.L.


Mommabear.... I think you may have taken the statement the wrong way. Being that Glen James found and returned the money. It would have been nice if the Commissioner or the owner of the money , would have gave him a cash reward. It would have helped him much more than a special citation.


Some of the most honest people that I know are dirt poor.

Anyway, honesty does get rewarded if the news media would report all of the kind and honest facts.

"Donations for honest homeless man who returned $42,000 he found in a backpack exceed $70,000"

Honesty does get rewarded sometimes.


I suppose that the IRS will want their share.


How do you spell Glen James?........ CLASS