A New York City ad executive trusted that a homeless man would return her American Express credit card after she loaned it to him because she didn’t have any cash.
Merrie Harris was taking a smoke break with a friend outside a restaurant when Jay Valentine asked for some money for water and cigarettes. She had a good feeling about him, so handed over her platinum card. He disappeared down the street while she went back inside.
Friends and bystanders told her she’d never see it again. But Valentine soon returned it after buying deodorant, body wash, cigarettes and water for a total of $25.
“This guy just seemed totally trustworthy,” she said. “He was very specific about what he wanted. I gave him a hug. I said, ‘I knew you were coming back.'” (READ the original story in the New York Post)
The story continued the following day: After reports of the honest panhandler circulated, “a representative for Air Wisconsin, an airline operating out of La Guardia airport in New York, said Valentine should apply to be a flight attendant. An anonymous man from Texas offered him $5,000 and the paper reported they’ve received many emails offering rewards for the Valentine,” according to the Toronto Sun.