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Homeless man who found, turned in $2,400 leaves police with one more surprise

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VICTORIA, B.C. -- A homeless man in Langford, B.C., who turned in $2,400 he found on the street has also rejected thousands more that were raised for him after his story drew media attention, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

The owner of the lost $2,400 was later found. But that wasn't the end of the story. The homeless man's honesty led others to start up a fundraising campaign on his behalf.

Here is the Go Fund Me site that was set up for him: http://www.gofundme.com/x2y2ajk

“After hearing this story and seeing how this case touched so many people, I took a personal interest in finding this man, looking for him everywhere while on and off shift," Constable Alex Bérubé of the West Shore RCMP said, according to a RCMP news release.

A homeless man's letter asking that more than $5,000 raised for him by the public be turned over to food providers for the poor. (Photo: Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

A homeless man's letter asking that more than $5,000 raised for him by the public be turned over to food providers for the poor. (Photo: Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

"It's not easy tracking down a person of no fixed address and no phone, but I kept trying because I needed to tell him about how the community had rallied together to help him,” Bérubé said. “I finally caught up to him on Monday (June 22) and told him about the fundraising organized by Mike Kelly of Victoria Buzz, and that he had thousands of dollars waiting for him.

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"His response surprised me yet again, when instead of asking how to collect it, he asked me how to donate it to Our Place and other food service providers for people in need."

Investigators asked the man, who said he was in his 60s, to think about the more than $5,000 in funds overnight and return the next day. The man returned the next day, police said, and insisted that the money be given to others and that what he really wanted is a job.

"Mike Kelly has been advised of the man's decision, which he provided in writing to officers (image attached)," the news release said. "Mike will continue to manage the raised funds and see that the right groups receive them. As for the man's request for help finding a job, Mike is spearheading that effort as well."

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The homeless man did not want to be identified, police said.

The Victoria Buzz reposted the RCMP's news release and added this at the end:

If you have a job opening please contact us at info@victoriabuz.com.

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21 comments

  • Cheryl

    I hope someone grants him his wish. If only more were like him. Good man who has shown he is not like a lot of dangerous people that roam the streets.

  • zero star

    Sounds like this homeless man has already created a job for himself by running a a fund that donates to charity. Perhaps he’ll do better than (and get paid less than the CEO of) The Salvation Army.

    • Chris Miller

      Most people wish they could find money so they don’t have to work. Where this guy gives money up so he can have a job. This is a good life lesson that should be taught to those who feel like they have nothing and want more.

      • Indy

        EVERYBODY wants a job you moron. The only people who don’t wanna work are the useless upper class who get paid just for having money and owning, and maybe basement-dwelling manchildren dependent on their middle-class parents.
        The very last people who don’t wanna work are the poor. Either way, what the f*ck is $5000 gonna get you in 2015? A few months of rent, AND THEN WHAT? DURRRRR MOST PEEPULL DUN WANNA WORK EVERYONES LAZY EXCEPT ME. Get over yourself, twinkletoes.

    • Frank

      The CEO of the Salvation Army makes $175,050 compared to the Red Cross CEO who makes $651,957. I don’t think there are many private companies as large as Salvation Army who would pay their CEO that that low. The wage information was taken off the Salvation and Red Cross web sites so I would think these figures are fairly accurate.

  • UNCMoose

    tell him to take the 5000 and get an apartment at the car and get one of the many millions of minimum wage or better jobs that are available right now for low skilled workers.

  • Brenda Jones

    My name is Brenda from Philadelphia 41 raising a set of twin girls about to turn 9 and I’m n need of a job. I’m not homeless but not far from it. I’ve been sending my resume out and been filling out apps but haven’t had no responses. So I’m asking any and everyone that if u know someone that may be looking for a good hardworker please give me chance here is my resume. Brenda Jones
    (215) 678-7474 2659 Roberts Ave Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129
    Brenluv2000@yahoo.com
    Summary
     
    Call Center Representative versed in customer support in high call volume environments. Good computer skills and telephone etiquette. Also a Security Guard who remains on high alert at all times and maintains excellent coverage. Quick thinker with strong critical thinking capabilities.

    Experience

    Security Guard
    United American Security
    September 2013 – November 2014(1 year 2 months) • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Made sure site was secure by making rounds in a timely manner.
    Documented all activities that took place throughout the shift.
    Directed all guest to proper destination.
     
    Housekeeper
    Back to Basics Daycare
    April 2006 – August 2013 (7 years 4 months) • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Assist with the up keep of building.
    Sanitize classrooms and bathroom.
    Vacuum and mop all floors.
    Wipes down poles, chairs walls, etc.
     
    Volunteer Assistant
    St. DePaul Catholic Elem.
    September 2009 – June 2011 (18 months) • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Assist with feeding of children.
    Assist with reading to children during story time.
    Assist with children with different forms of arts and crafts.
     
    Security Guard
    Imperial Security
    September 2005 – March 2006 (6 months) • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Greet and assign visitors.
    Stand at assigned post and monitor the crowds during different events thru-out convention center.
    And directed flow of traffic throughout the conventions.
     
    Residential Aide
    Francis House
    March 2004 – August 2005 (1 years 5 months) • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Monitor clients upon entry and exiting of facility.
    Assist with the safety of building by T.V.surveillance.
    Daily log of all activity thru out the days events.
    Sometime assisted with the feeding of residents.
    Education
    Simon Gratz High school
    Thanks for taking time out of yr day to read and or help out thank you again.

  • Jefferysschanz

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