February 16, 2013
Homeless Man Returns Diamond Ring
A homeless man named Billy Ray Harris who accidentally received a diamond ring in his change cup showed a great amount integrity by returning the ring to its rightful owner, Sarah Darling. Darling stated that she did not even know that her ring was missing until the next day. While Darling was upset at the lost of her ring, it was not because of its value but because of its sentimental value. When Harris found the ring, he instantly knew that the ring was expensive. The surprising turn in this story is when Darling went to look for her ring. She re-appoached Harris and asked him if he had her ring.
He recalled, "She squatted down like you did like right there and says, ‘Do you remember me?' And I was like, ‘I don't know. I see a lot of faces.' She says, ‘I might have gave you something very valuable.' I said, ‘Was it a ring?' And she says, ‘Yeah.' And I said, ‘Well, I have it.'"
Harris attributes his attitude to his father's teachings. His father who was reverend taught him many values. He claimed that "he wasn't the type of cash in on someones misfortune." As a reward for his virtue, Darling happily paid him all the money she had in her wallet.
See Claudine Zap, Homeless Man Returns Diamond Ring Accidentially Dropped Into His Change Cup, Yahoo, Feb. 13, 2013.
Special thanks to David S. Luber (Attorney at law, Florida Probate Attorney Wills and Estates Law Firm) for bringing this to my attention.
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