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OffbeatHomeless man finds $17,000 outside food bank, gives it to a worker inside

19:55  07 december  2018
19:55  07 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Homeless man finds $ 17 , 000 outside food bank , gives it to a worker inside . Kevin Booth with Sumner Community Food Bank director Anita Early one morning, Kevin Booth, who is homeless , was hungry. So he went to his local food bank in Sumner, Wash., looking for the bread that is left

So he went to his local food bank in Sumner, Washington, looking for the bread that is left outside So he hung around the Sumner Community Food Bank until it opened about 20 minutes later, and he handed the treasure bag to a Homeless man returns $ 17 , 000 he found outside to worker .

Homeless man finds $17,000 outside food bank, gives it to a worker inside© / Kevin Booth with Sumner Community Food Bank director Anita Miller, who gave him a thank-you note and gift card as a reward for turning in $17,000. (Sumner Police Department)

Early one morning, Kevin Booth, who is homeless, was hungry. So he went to his local food bank in Sumner, Wash., looking for the bread that is left outside overnight for people to take.

But instead of the bread box, a brown paper bag outside the front door caught his attention that morning late last summer. Perhaps it held food. So Booth opened the bag, and saw it was filled with cash — $17,000.

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A homeless man is being hailed for his honesty after he discovered a bag containing $ 17 , 000 outside of a Washington state food bank and gave it to the staff The man , Kevin Booth, found a bag sitting outside Sumner Food Bank in Sumner, Washington. Curious about what was inside , he opened the

Kevin Booth had a difficult decision to make after reaching into the bag and learning what was inside .

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“At first, I was like, what the heck is that lying on the ground?” Booth, 32, said in an interview with the local newspaper, the News Tribune.

He looked inside and saw stacks of money, then slid out a $20 bill.

“Of course, I sniffed it to see if it was real,” he told the News Tribune.

It smelled legitimate.

“Then I was like, do I take off or do I stay?” he told the paper.

He didn’t know how much cash was there at the time, but he knew it wasn’t his.

So he hung around the Sumner Community Food Bank until it opened about 20 minutes later, and he handed the treasure bag to a volunteer who cracked the door for him at 7:30 a.m.

“He said, ‘This is for you, somebody left it on your doorstep,’” Anita Miller, director of the Sumner Food Bank, said in an interview with The Washington Post.

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An honest homeless man found $ 17 , 000 in front of a food back – then turned it in. He gave the bag to a food bank volunteer who arrived later, according to the food bank ’s director Anita Miller. Kevin Booth had been occasionally coming to the Sumner Food Bank while he was homeless (Photo: King

It was $ 17 , 000 in cash. Stunned, they called police. Officers determined the money was real and used security cameras to try to figure out what had No one did, so the money went to the food bank , which plans to use it to expand its building at 15625 Main St. E., where it serves about 1,000 people a

The volunteer initially thought it was food and weighed the package, as is routine for all food donations. She quickly realized something was amiss and called police. Inside were neat stacks of $20 and $100 bills.

Sumner police showed up, took possession of the money and opened an investigation. Nobody knew where the bag had come from, and the food bank’s security camera was not functioning properly so it did not pick up any useful information.

“It’s strange for someone to leave a bunch of money like that outside a food bank,” said Sumner police officer Marcus McDonald in an interview with The Washington Post.

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A homeless man returned $ 17 , 000 he found in a bag outside the Sumner Food Bank . Here's how the man 's honesty was rewarded. "I think it overwhelmed everybody," Miller said. Volunteer Russell Carver says on that August morning, a man was waiting for the food bank 's doors to open.

Investigators checked with nearby police departments, they looked into any robberies in the area, they checked for suicidal people who may have withdrawn a large sum. They came up empty, McDonald said.

Last week, after the required 90 days had passed and nobody else claimed the loot, police gave it back to the Sumner Community Food Bank in a ceremony in which they also presented Booth with a citizen’s citation for his honesty.

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Homeless man finds $ 17 , 000 outside of a food bank , turns it in. He stayed. When a food bank volunteer arrived a short time later her gave the bag to her, not realizing what was inside No one did, so the money went to the food bank , which plans to use it to expand its building at 15625 Main St. E

Booth, who’s homeless , found a brown bag on the ground outside the food bank ’s community When a food bank volunteer arrived a short time later he gave the bag to her, not realizing what No one did, so the money went to the food bank , which plans to use it to expand its building at 15625

Homeless man finds $17,000 outside food bank, gives it to a worker inside© Sumner Police Department/ From left, Sumner Deputy Police Chief Jeff Engel, Kevin Booth (holding Bella, his friend's dog), Sumner Police Chief Brad Moericke and food bank director Anita Miller. (Sumner Police Department)

Police Chief Brad Moericke presented the citation to Booth.

“Not every citizen would be as honest as you in this situation,” Moericke told him, according to the News Tribune.

The food bank also is giving him a reward to thank him.

McDonald said many officers, including him, know Booth to be a good guy who sometimes hangs out with a rough crowd. To protect him, the food bank decided it will give him various gift cards over time rather than a lump sum of cash as a reward.

Miller, the food bank director, said she and other volunteers at the food bank have known Booth for years, and they plan to help him through the winter. Miller said Booth lives in a tent in nearby woods, and has turned down her offers of shelter.

“We’ll be able to get coats or shoes for him,” Miller said. “He will not take a room and board, he turns down inside living.”

The food pantry serves about 1,000 people a month in Sumner, a city of about 10,000 people. Anyone is allowed to go in and pick up meat, produce and other goods at no charge. Additionally, each Friday, volunteers deliver 500 backpacks full of food to schoolchildren who take them home for the weekend.

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- A homeless man in Sumner is being praised for turning in thousands of dollars. He found a bag full of money outside of the Sumner Food Bank . He waited for our person who comes in at 7:30 in the morning, He waited for her, gave it to her and said 'somebody left this for you,'” Miller said.

homeless man who found $ 17 , 000 in cash, then turned the money over to a local food bank . state man has been honoured, after donating more than ,000 in cash he found outside a food The money was given to the food bank after police waited 90 days for someone to make a claim of

Miller said the newfound funds will go toward buying a walk-in refrigerator and freezer for the food bank’s planned expansion. She said she and the rest of the staff are grateful for Booth’s integrity and decency.

“He said, ‘That was a real big decision for me, but if it’s not yours, you shouldn’t be taking it,’” Miller said. “He’s a very honest man.”

For his part, Booth told the News Tribune: “There are a lot of people who would have taken it. I’m just not that person.”

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