KINGSTON, N.Y. – A man who lost his wallet containing his identification and $485 in cash had his property returned to him after a homeless man found it and contacted police to have it returned to the rightful owner.
On Sunday, 50-year-old Hassel "Junior" Barber, a homeless person who is frequently seen picking up bottles and cans, as well as sleeping on stoops along Broadway, found the wallet and contacted the Kingston Police Department to have it and all its contents returned.
"Thanks to the decency and honesty of a person that most likely could have used the cash - for food, shelter, or any other number of reasons - the wallet and cash were reunited with its owner," police say.
Since then, police say several people have inquired about the man, wanting to reward him for the deed.
Barber, however, told police that he did not want a reward, but that he just wanted to "do the right thing."
Police say Barber did not even count the money inside. "We see the worst in individuals most of the time, so it's nice to see something like this and it surprised many of us," said Kingston Detective Lt. Thierry Croizer.
Kingston residents say Barber has been homeless for years, there's no doubt he could have used the money, but his choice to do the right thing has left many inspired, including Croizer.
"It made me think about myself and how I judge people and I wanted other people to look at themselves and sit there and learn a lesson from this gentlemen," he said.