The sad truth is that the majority of us are living with thousands of dollars in debt. From mortgages to student loans to credit cards, even a windfall of $5,000 would make a world of difference to getting our lives back on track. So, what if you discovered nearly $200,000 just sitting in a backpack? It would probably solve all of your problems and set your kids up for the future!
That is exactly what happened to Ray “Buzzy” MacCausland, a cab driver who has been in business for over 50 years. He’s heard and seen it all…but last week, he discovered something that he never thought possible. After picking up a homeless man and dropping him off at a hotel, he was told to wait outside for the man to return. The man left a worn out backpack in the back seat as a sign of good faith that he would return to pay the fare…but 30 minutes later, the man had not returned.
Most cab drivers would have gone about their day – time is money in this business, after all – but Ray was concerned. He opened the backpack to look for an ID. Instead of a state ID, he found stacks and stacks of $100 and $50 bills that totaled $187,000!
The passenger had told Ray that he was homeless and living in a shelter for the past 6 months. Ray drove right to the police station with the cash. After a little digging, they confirmed that the homeless man had recently received an inheritance. They got into contact with the man who was urged by Police Commissioner William Evans to give a reward to the cab driver…who walked away with only $100. How rude.
But when the Royal Caribbean Cruise line heard about the ordeal, they offered Ray and his wife a 7-day vacation via their Ticket to Adventure program as a reward for his selfless act!