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Cop confronts pit bull, pit bull loves cop, all is right in the world

8/14/2013

When a cop responds to a “vicious dog” call and arrives to find a pit bull, things often don’t turn out well. When Baltimore officer Dan Waskeiwicz showed up to just such a situation in May of 2012, the pit bull he encountered was anything but vicious. Waskeiwicz followed the dog into an alley, where it approached him, tail between its legs. The pit bull licked his pants. The cop gave him a bottle of water. And the love affair began. He bundled the sweetie into his squad car, took him to the shelter, and then decided to take him home. He named him Bo, and now the allegedly vicious dog lives with Waskeiwicz and his two other dogs. Happily, we hope, ever after. Good cop, good dog.

Source: http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/203596/baltimore-police-officer-got-a-call-about-a-vicious-pit-bull-and-this-is-what-happened-next/

$64,000 Raised So Far For Homeless Man Who Turned In $42,000

September 18, 2013 9:30 AM
 

This week’s feel good story of the homeless man in Boston who found a backpack containing $42,000 in cash and travelers checks and then turned it into authorities is developing into an even better tale.

An online fundraiser to collect money for that Good Samaritan, who we now know is named Glen James , had raised nearly $64,000 as of 9:20 a.m. ET Wednesday.

The Boston Homeless Man Reward Campaign was launched by Ethan Whittington of Midlothian, Va., who hasn’t met James, but felt compelled to see if other Good Samaritans would “help this man change his life.”

James was honored this week by the Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis “for his extraordinary show of character and honesty.”

According to the Boston Globe:

“James, a slight, bespectacled man in his mid-50s who says he has been homeless for five years, said the thought of keeping the money never crossed his mind.

” ‘Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny of the money found,’ he said Monday in a handwritten statement. ‘God has always very well looked after me.’ “

The Globe adds that “in his statement, James wrote about how he found the money and a bit about himself. He had worked at a courthouse for 13 years as a file clerk, he said, before being fired. On Monday, the courts could not immediately confirm his employment. James could have gotten another job, he said, but he suffers from an inner-ear disorder that causes prolonged vertigo spells.”

The money he found last weekend belonged to a student from China who was visiting Boston. It was returned to the student.

 
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GREAT HEART’: A homeless good Samaritan flagged police after finding a backpack full of money on Saturday.
Monday, September 16, 2013
 

A homeless good Samaritan who turned in a lost backpack stuffed with nearly $42,000 yesterday was hailed by his fellow down-and-outers as a guy with a “great heart.”

“People will probably tell him he’s nuts, but homeless people are the first to help you out,” said Bob Boisselle, who, like the nameless humanitarian, stays at the city’s Long Island Shelter on Boston Harbor. “They don’t have anything, but they’ll give you what they do have.”

On Saturday night, Boston police said, the man turned in a lost backpack he had found at South Bay Mall in Dorchester — a backpack Boston police said contained $2,400 cash and $39,500 in American Express Travelers Cheques.

The man, who police declined to identify by name, flagged down officers and told them he found the black backpack in front of T.J. Maxx.

“He’s got a great heart,” said Aaron Toye, who stays at a different shelter in the city. “He did the right thing.”

Police said in addition to the money, the backpack contained passports “and various personal papers.”

Police were contacted an hour later by a mall customer reporting he’d lost a backpack “containing a large sum of money.”

Police said the rightful owner was identified by his Republic of China passport and the property was returned to him.

The anonymous hero must have acted out of a keen sense of empathy, his fellow street-dwellers said yesterday as the story made its way around the city’s shelters and alleys.

“Homeless people,” said Boisselle, a former western Massachusetts landscape designer who has been on the streets since 2005, “know what it’s like to be down and out.”

Police were contacted an hour later by a mall customer reporting he’d lost a backpack “containing a large sum of money.”

Police said the rightful owner was identified by his Republic of China passport and the property was returned to him.

The anonymous hero must have acted out of a keen sense of empathy, his fellow street-dwellers said yesterday as the story made its way around the city’s shelters and alleys.

“Homeless people,” said Boisselle, a former western Massachusetts landscape designer who has been on the streets since 2005, “know what it’s like to be down and out.”

- See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/09/fellow_homeless_hail_pal_who_turned_in_backpack_with_42g#sthash.ZSBrKbdz.dpuf

Police were contacted an hour later by a mall customer reporting he’d lost a backpack “containing a large sum of money.”

Police said the rightful owner was identified by his Republic of China passport and the property was returned to him.

The anonymous hero must have acted out of a keen sense of empathy, his fellow street-dwellers said yesterday as the story made its way around the city’s shelters and alleys.

“Homeless people,” said Boisselle, a former western Massachusetts landscape designer who has been on the streets since 2005, “know what it’s like to be down and out.”

- See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/09/fellow_homeless_hail_pal_who_turned_in_backpack_with_42g#sthash.ZSBrKbdz.dpuf

GREAT HEART’: A homeless good Samaritan flagged police after finding a backpack full of money on Saturday.
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Monday, September 16, 2013
 

A homeless good Samaritan who turned in a lost backpack stuffed with nearly $42,000 yesterday was hailed by his fellow down-and-outers as a guy with a “great heart.”

“People will probably tell him he’s nuts, but homeless people are the first to help you out,” said Bob Boisselle, who, like the nameless humanitarian, stays at the city’s Long Island Shelter on Boston Harbor. “They don’t have anything, but they’ll give you what they do have.”

On Saturday night, Boston police said, the man turned in a lost backpack he had found at South Bay Mall in Dorchester — a backpack Boston police said contained $2,400 cash and $39,500 in American Express Travelers Cheques.

The man, who police declined to identify by name, flagged down officers and told them he found the black backpack in front of T.J. Maxx.

“He’s got a great heart,” said Aaron Toye, who stays at a different shelter in the city. “He did the right thing.”

Police said in addition to the money, the backpack contained passports “and various personal papers.”

- See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/09/fellow_homeless_hail_pal_who_turned_in_backpack_with_42g#sthash.ZSBrKbdz.dpuf

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By Danielle Genet

Larry Swilling, 78, marched around his town of Anderson, S.C., for more than a year  carrying a sign around his neck with the words: “NEED KIDNEY 4 WIFE.”

Swilling’s dogged appeal eventually found a kidney for his wife, Jimmie Sue. It also attracted enough donors to provide kidneys for 125 other people as well.

The Swillings have been married for 57 years and when Larry found out he was not a match to donate a kidney to his wife, who is 76, he was determined to find one and began his sandwich board plea.

The Medical University of South Carolina confirmed to ABC News a kidney donor has been matched with Mrs. Swilling and she will undergo surgery on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Sarah Parker, RN Living Donor Coordinator at MUSC, said Larry Swilling’s effort to find a donor created an outpouring of donations.

“Over the course of the year 2,000 phone calls came in for his specific case,” Parker said. Mrs. Swilling and the potential donors went through tests to find a compatible match, and ultimately a match was found.

While many potential donors did not match, some of those initial calls resulted in an estimated 125 successful kidney donations registered at MUSC within the year.  Many of those are donors do not know the recipient of their kidney, but chose to donate anyway.

“Becoming a living donor is a great option because it takes away the wait time for those in need, it’s a blessing and gift for the recipient and their families, and helps bring down the national wait list,” Parker told ABC News.

Larry Swilling posted his phone number on the sandwich board sign and his inbox has been inundated with messages over the year. On his voice mail, Swilling gives his callers the phone number to the MUSC donation line at 1-800-277-8687 and thanks his callers for their interest and help.

Yesterday I posted about some young men who got caught on camera in a store. Here’s a follow-up article:

If character is what you do when no one is watching, a group of William Paterson University freshman football players proved the saying true.

On Sunday, the manager of Buddy’s Small Lots in Wayne, N.J., was alerted by police that there had been a break-in at the store. Video surveillance footage showed four young men entering and then leaving with several items in hand. However, a closer look at the footage caught the men on tape doing the right thing: Leaving the exact money for the items, tax included, at the register.

The honest shoppers, Thomas James, Anthony Biondi, Kell’e Gallimore and Jelani Bruce, were rewarded with $50 of free merchandise by the store’s managers. The players spoke about their story on TODAY Wednesday.

“(We’re) just ecstatic knowing that one good deed blew up nationwide and now everyone’s hearing about it,’’ Biondi told Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Tamron Hall.

“My dad keeps calling saying, ‘Oh my God, you really did that?’’’ Bruce said.

The lights in the store were on because of a quirk in the lighting system and the door lock was broken, according to the store managers. Thinking the store was open, the players waited for a clerk to appear, not realizing they had tripped the alarm.

“We were scared,’’ Bruce said. “Honestly, we thought it was a Halloween gag or something. We thought someone was going to come out and say, ‘Ah, gotcha! Welcome to the store.’’’

The men had stopped in between preseason practice sessions to pick up a $4 pack of batteries and a $1 audio cable for dorm speakers.

“We had to get back to practice, so they just showed the money to the cameras, put it down and we just left,’’ Biondi told TODAY.

The store’s vice president rushed over after police reported a break-in, only to be pleasantly surprised.

“His jaw dropped when he realized these kids did do some shopping, but that they paid for everything that they took,’’ store manager Marci Lederman told TODAY. “I think it’s terrific that there are still people out there that have moral character not to do the wrong thing when they easily could.”

Word soon spread about the good deed, and it appeared on a local newscast.

“Soon as I went on my laptop, it was like right there, front page, and I was just excited,’’ Gallimore said. “I was like smiling because I was like, ‘Oh I’m famous.’’’

 

 

SWEET: Finally someone caught on tape doing the right thing!

Several shoppers entered a store in New Jersey to make some purchases – but there was no clerk around because it turns out the door was mistakenly left open. The store was actually closed.

The men made their selections, waited for a cashier and finally gave up.

So they added up their own bill and left the money on the counter.

The store owner was so appreciative that he tracked the men down and invited them back today for a free shopping spree.

Thanks, Zamir!

On February 1st, 2013 students at Stony Brook University surprised Zamir, an employee who works the night shift at the local Dunkin Donuts. Check out the great video they made to commemorate the occasion:

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