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Homeless man turns in $485 found on street
No one would be surprised if they ever heard a story of a homeless man who found and kept close to five hundred dollars. Many people living on the street would consider that a small fortune, an amount that could go a long way toward making a hard life a little easier. When Hasell "Junior" Barber found a wallet Sunday on Broadway in Kingston he didn't know thousands of people would soon read about his flagging down a police officer and turning over the wallet so that it - and the $485.00 inside - could be returned to its owner.
"I was so happy to see that he had turned in the money," says Lt. Thierry Crozier, "that I wanted everybody to know about it so I put it up on our Facebook page."
Crozier says more people saw the news release he posted about Barber than any other posting before.
"Many times we make judgements because of another person's appearance or circumstance," Crozier wrote in his new release. "Remember to keep an open mind and not make that rush to judgement."
Crozier knew little of Barber's past other than being familiar with his presence in the city for twenty years and with the calls from people looking for someone to roust Barber from a doorway or vestibule. Barber told CBS6 News he is not homeless and gestured to the north end of the city when asked where he lives. He said he used to work as a contractor at IBM.
Since the police department's Facebook posting, several people have offered to give Barber rewards but he says he has not seen any and does not need any. He says returning the wallet was the right thing to do.