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#1 Hum

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 14:41

A homeless man who hit the jackpot in his change cup—a diamond ring—showed he had a heart of gold by returning it.

The woman who accidentally dumped her engagement ring along with all the spare change in her wallet into the cup noticed the mistake long after she had given the pricey item to the Kansas City man, Billy Ray Harris.

Sarah Darling, who hadn't meant to be quite that generous to the man on the street, explained to Kansas City, Mo.'s KCTV that "my rings were bothering me, so I put them in my coin purse."

Darling said she didn't realize what she'd done until the next day.

"I was so incredibly upset because, more than just the value of the ring, it had sentimental value," she said.

Needless to say, Darling returned to the scene the next day.

Harris told the station, "The ring was so big that I knew if it was real, it was expensive."

He recalled, "She squatted down like you did like right there and says, ‘Do you remember me?' And I was like, ‘I don't know. I see a lot of faces.' She says, ‘I might have gave you something very valuable.' I said, ‘Was it a ring?' And she says, ‘Yeah.' And I said, ‘Well, I have it.'"

Harris added that he wasn’t the type to cash in on someone’s misfortune. "My grandfather was a reverend. He raised me from the time I was 6 months old and thank the good Lord, it's a blessing, but I do still have some character," he said.

Darling gratefully told the TV station, "It seemed like a miracle. I thought for sure there was no way I would get it back.”

Harris did not go empty-handed: He again received money from Darling—this time all the bills she had in her wallet.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 14:49

Nice story. The world is not evil after all!

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 21:27

Well, y'know... Just because someone's homeless, doesn't mean they're a no good thief. Good for him!

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:45

A nice heartwarming story. :)

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:50

Problem with homeless people, they often suffer from mental illness. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that he didn't realize that this ring could have made a difference in his life and help him buy food for a long time, and pay for a warm place to sleep.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:52

An honest man can be found at all levels of society. Very touching story.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:30

Problem with homeless people, they often suffer from mental illness. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that he didn't realize that this ring could have made a difference in his life and help him buy food for a long time, and pay for a warm place to sleep.


Ah that must be it. He's clearly a nut and not just an honest guy in a bad situation. :rolleyes:

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:33

I tip my hat to that homeless guy :)

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 19:00

Problem with homeless people, they often suffer from mental illness. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that he didn't realize that this ring could have made a difference in his life and help him buy food for a long time, and pay for a warm place to sleep.


You could say that about anyone, not homeless. There are a lot of sane homeless people who just fell on bad luck

There is no proof that there was anything wrong with the man. The man did a good deed, period.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 19:05

You could say that about anyone, not homeless. There are a lot of sane homeless people who just fell on bad luck

There is no proof that there was anything wrong with the man. The man did a good deed, period.


Exactly. Most of the people with mental illnesses are in politics. :laugh:

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 13:52

Homeless Man’s Honest Deed Rewarded with $16K Donation


A homeless man in Kansas City, Mo., made national headlines more than a week ago when he returned a valuable platinum and diamond engagement ring accidentally dropped into his cup of change by a woman offering some extra cash. Now, hundreds of donors have contributed more than $16,000 to a page on GiveForward.com to help Billy Ray Harris get his life back on track.

The man's rewards don't stop with financial help -- the media story helped him connect with a brother in Lubbock, Texas, he hasn't seen in nearly 30 years.

The goal was the raise $1,000 for Harris in three months. Instead, more than $16,000 has been given to the cause in just a few days. :happy:

For the next 90 days, anyone can donate money for Harris.

http://news.yahoo.co...-172200491.html