(CNN) — It could be the ultimate social experiment: What would you do if you found a backpack full of cash?
We all want to believe we would be good people and return it.
Now, if you were homeless, would your answer be the same?
This weekend, Boston man Glen James happened upon a backpack in the South Bay Mall. The backpack didn’t just have a few dollars in it. It had $2,400 in cash, $36,500 in travelers checks, a Chinese passport, and other personal papers.
James, who is homeless, flagged down police, who then alerted mall security. An employee of the Best Buy in the mall stepped forward and said that a customer in the store had lost his backpack. Sure enough, the customer was taken to the police station where his identity was verified.
It could have been a disaster for the man, but it ended instead as a heartwarming story of honesty.
For days, media and police tried to track down James. At the time of the incident, he didn’t even tell police his name, just the name of the shelter where he sometimes stays. Now that his identity is known, the Boston Police Department issued a special citation for James’ good deed.
Shoppers were shocked by the story when interviewed by HLN affiliate WHDH.
“You don’t see or hear about people doing that nowadays,” one said.
Another summed up the situation perfectly: “I think that there’s still good people in the world.”
By AJ Willingham, HLNTV.com