UPDATE: After McGeown’s story got out, people did a lot more. See below
James John McGeown, a homeless man in Glasgow, saw a car parked outside on rainy day and approached it in the downpour.
The window had been left open, and a bag clearly containing money inside was left “in full view.
McGeown is homeless and dependent on alcohol, as he later explained, but what he did with the bag took everyone by surprise.
He stood outside for 2 and a half hours in the rain, guarding the car’s contents and waiting for the owner of the vehicle to return.
After a time, McGeown took the bag into a nearby solicitor’s office so they could keep an eye on it, and by then he was nearly frozen from standing so long outside.
“He stood in the frozen rain for two-and-a-half hours to make sure no one entered my car,” John McMonagle, the owner of the car, told The Telegraph.
“He was so cold he took the bag and rummaged through it to see if there was any ID,” he explained. Finding none, McGeown had no thought of pocketing the money, but took every measure to keep it safe.
The solicitor’s office phoned the police, who made sure the bag got to its owner.
Touched by McGeown’s conduct, he and his friend Alyshia Orford set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising some support for McGeown.
In less than one day, they surpassed the £5,000 goal and raised over £7,000 within 20 hours. The two wrote that any excess would go to the homeless community in Glasgow and Clydebank.
“Good on you James,” one woman wrote on the page. “This shows that there are good people in the world and that we need to look out for each other more. I wish you all the very best.”
UPDATE: Four days after the thankful car owner created a fundraising page for McGeown, people had given over $22,000—and McMonagle decided they could use it to really help McGeown get better.
They took him to a detox center as McGeown hopes this can help him turn his life around.