Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The moment that could have changed his life

I had initially planned out another post for today, ranting about society scum, but it can wait until tomorrow. I read this news story in the Edmonton Journal today and it broke my heart (what can I say, I'm a girl, I'm pretty much always on the verge of tears).

The gist of the story is that a homeless man with a brain injury found over $2,000 in unscratched lottery tickets and turned them in to the Western Canada Lottery Commission.

No reward was offered to Gillespie and he didn't ask for one.

"I just wanted to do the right thing," he said.

"This could have caused the government and others a lot of headaches, and I didn't want that."

For his trouble, he was given bus fare and a cup of coffee.


The comments are pretty awesome on this one, with people commenting about how sucky it is the WCLC didn't do something more than give him a bus ticket. Certainly it's not their place, but really, he could have scratched the tickets and won a lot of money on them. It's rare that you find such gems in society who try to do the right thing, it would be nice for them to reward such behaviour.

Karma definitely owes Mr. Gillespie big time.

Semi-related addition: Man looks back in shame at his panhandling past.


The Loss Adjuster said...

Is the Canadian government so skint that they can't afford a decent reward and maybe a nice glad-handing press conference to boost confidence?

Akirah said...

Wow. This certainly inspires me to be a bigger and better person.

Perhaps he's storing up his treasures in heaven. Makes you think, since we're in a recession and people are killing themselves over loss of money. I was reading this today:

Elle Bee said...

Loss Adjuster: hopefully at some point during the investigation, or when they've figured out what happened, it'll clue into them what a big thing this man did.

Akirah: too funny, the dabagirls were my original post for today. They make me violent.

Anonymous said...

What a nice guy. It's like when I hear about people finding envelopes of cash and returning them only to not get even so much as a thank you in return. No good deed goes unpunished, I suppose.

Kyla Bea said...


As if the clerk who was working let him turn it in. If I was working I would have thanked him and given it back to him.

Like they need the money. Yesh.

Anonymous said...

Awh.. Elle, you have such a big heart. xo

Liz said...

Wow... that just hurts. They couldnt even give him a meal?