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.
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