Homeless man guards stranger's money for hours in the pouring rain so it doesn't get stolen
Have you ever wondered what you would do if you found someone's money left behind? I'm sure there are many options we can convince ourselves it would be fine to do, from tracking down the owner, to keeping it ourselves, to taking a little off the top as a finder's fee. But as this story shows, some people will do the selfless thing regardless of what position they are in.
James John McGown, a homeless man in Glasgow, Scotland, spotted a car when he was passing by the city's Sheriff Court recently. Not only was its passenger window completely down, but there was a handbag on the front seat. James looked for the owner of the car, but after being unsuccessful, he decided to wait for them to return, guarding the car from theft in the meantime.
After two-and-a-half hours of waiting in the pouring rain, he decided to search the bag for ID. He found £400 ($533) of cash in the handbag, but no ID. Without taking a penny, despite his dire need for shelter, he left a note in the car and headed to a nearby office building where he handed the bag in for safe-keeping.
Eventually, the car owner John McMonagle returned, along with colleague Alyshia Orford, to find the note. John, the owner of McMongle's chip shop in Clydebank, praised James for his generous instincts. Speaking to Glasgow Live, he said:
"I was in shock, I couldn’t believe that the guy never took a penny. To think he is sleeping on the streets tonight when he could have stolen the money and paid for a place to stay. It just proves there’s decent guys out there and especially at Christmas."
"He came back to the car when I was there and I gave him £40 ($54) and thanked him, but I'll go buy him boots and a good sleeping bag as well. I want to do something to help the guy."
John also shared the story on his Facebook page, where he detailed the story and noted that James is "an absolute gentleman".
He is yet to find him again, but has urged people to get in touch if they see James, and set up a GoFundMe page for him. In just 24 hours the page already surpassed its £5,000 ($6,700) goal, with any additional money being donated to the homeless community in the city.
"We are raising money for James John McGeown and homeless people in Glasgow and Clydebank," the GoFundMe page reads. "The money will be entrusted to John McMonagle to use for the above - also the first £5,000 will go exclusively James John McGeown."
James' luck is already on the upswing, as another generous person has offered him a free place to stay for three months in addition to some work if he chooses to take it. Hopefully James can be found again so that he can be properly rewarded for his actions.