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Pa. Homeless Man Returns $1,440 He Found On Street

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) – So what would you do if you found nearly $1,500 in cash in an envelope lying on the ground? A homeless man in Chester County encountered that exact scenario and turned the money into police.

Attorney Robert Stauffer had an envelope inside his jacket that contained $1,440. The money was intended to be used for a business transaction. However, unbeknownst to Stauffer, he had a hole in his jacket and the money fell out onto a street in West Chester.

John Kavanaugh, a homeless man, just happened to step onto the envelope and discovered the money. Kavanaugh, not thinking about his own economic woes, turned the money over to the West Chester Police Department.

On Thursday, the two had a reunion in which Stauffer presented Kavanaugh with an undisclosed amount of money as a reward for his kind act.

Stauffer also said his law firm will make a donation to a pantry where Kavanaugh eats.

“Stereotypes are nonsense and you can’t judge anybody by how they look or the color of their skin or their religion. You gotta give everybody a chance. If you give them a chance, you would be surprised at what you find out,” Stauffer said Thursday.

Stauffer says he plans to check up on Kavanaugh to see what help he can provide in the future.

Reported By Steve Beck, CBS Philly

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  • JudeThom

    Give this man a good job and a home. He deserves everything.


    @ Scott March 4, 2011 at 11:48am: No room for negativity here. So what if Channel 6 had it a week ago. Don’t be a kiljoy. Jump on the positive band wagon with the rest of us why don’t ya!! For crying out loud. The guy did a good thing. Stop trying to rain on our parade. GOD BLESS MR. KAVANAUGH.


    Ok. We have the homeless man with the golden voice who now works in TV and Radio. Now we have a homeless man who’s honest enough to turn in money that’s not his. Come on. Give this man a job also. He may not have a golden voice, but he sure does have a golden heart. God bless you, Mr. Kavanaugh.

  • anon1

    Even if it’s not Mr. Stauffer, someone should step forward and give this man a job. He is a hero in more ways than one. He’s a VET, and he did a very Honorable deed by turning in the money. Had it been the wrong person, that money would have been history. Thank God for Mr. Kavanaugh. God Bless You!!

  • anon513

    @ Lisa: I agree. He already has a good heart. Now Mr. Stauffer should give him a good job. Give him a chance. He deserves it.

    • Eileen

      i agree he does deserve a good job for his good deed he could of kept that money. he was honest enough to return it he deserves something good in return. give the man a job so he can get back on track.

  • Scott

    Neat story. Channel 6 had it a week ago.

  • frank

    it take’s a good person to do what you did , god bless you.

  • Nostromo

    What an ethical human being. May God bless this man and may He open a new window for this soul for the exemplary and uncommon decency shown here.

  • grumpy

    John Kavanaugh is a veteran can’t the V.A. help this nice man out? He deserves better.

    • Nostromo

      Often there’s a deep-seated and personal pathology for individuals consigned to be as denizens on the streets. That is what frightens me.

      • Nostromo

        Duh, it’s the pathology which causes the homelessness, not the deed of this man which concerns me.

      • Joe

        How can you be frightened by something that you’re not sure even exists? Yes there are an enormous amount of homeless people on the street with mental health issues, and Mr. Kavanaugh could be one of them. But then again, he may not.
        Is it that difficult for anyone to receive the benefit of the doubt for even a millisecond? Just give the guy a break and celebrate his honesty and integrity!’
        Perhaps that’s what you’re really frightened of….

  • Lisa

    Mr. Stauffer should put Mr. Kavanaugh on his payroll and find him a position at his law firm. With that kind of honesty and integrity I would think he would be a great addition to a law firm. Just sayin.. one good turn deserves another ~

    • zoodonim

      honesty and integrity in a law firm……..

    • rcroce

      Lisa, I totally agree with your suggestion and comments (that you made (at 8:46am 3/4). You nailed it.

    • Terry

      I totally agree!

  • anonymous

    Now this is the kind of story I like to read about. It’s good to know that this man has a good, honest heart in spite of his predicament. This is clear cut that he is NOT a product of his environment. Good job, John Kavanaugh. We need more honest people like you.

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