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Friday 25 July 2014

Beggar's honesty earns him $145,000 windfall

Published 28/02/2013|04:00

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A homeless US man will soon have as much as $145,000 (€110,000) after returning an engagement ring to a woman who accidentally put it in his cup.

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Sarah Darling's fiance set up a website seeking donations for Billy Ray Harris, pictured, who frequently begs on Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. By yesterday, more than 6,000 people had donated more than $145,000.

"It just makes you realise that there are good people out there," Ms Darling said.

Mr Harris discovered the ring about an hour after Ms Darling dumped spare change from her coin purse into his cup. She had taken off her ring earlier that day and put it with the coins.

"The ring was so big that I knew if it was real, it was expensive," Mr Harris said.

Ms Darling realised the next day what she had done. She went back to Mr Harris and told him she might have given him something valuable.

"Was it a ring?" he asked her. "And she says, 'Yeah.' And I said, 'Well, I have it.'"

Ms Darling gave Mr Harris all the cash she had in her wallet. In explaining why he didn't keep the ring, Mr Harris said he had a religious upbringing.

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