Honesty really was the best policy for a homeless man in northern New Jersey.
Six months ago, 59-year-old James Brady of Hackensack, New Jersey, found $850 in a bank envelope lying in the street.
Even though he was living in a homeless shelter and could have used the cash, Brady opted to turn in the cash to local police instead.
"Even though I was homeless, I thought there are people out there who could be worse off," he told the Record. "I had my mother's voice in my head: 'It's not yours.'"
Because the cash went unclaimed for six months, officers returned the cash to its finder: Brady.
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Brady, who moved into his own apartment this summer thanks to a Housing Authority voucher, plans to spend his little windfall on a bath mat, an Italian combo sandwich, and a pair of special shoes designed for overpronation that will make his daily 3-mile walks more comfortable.
City Council will be honouring Brady for his honesty at a meeting today.
"He's an honest guy and he wanted to do the right thing," Hackensack Police Director Michael Mordaga told the Record. "I applaud any citizen that does that. It's a great gesture for anyone."