Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Homeless man finds $77,000…and guess what? He actually gets to keep it!

                                       Good Day Humboldt County!

  Six months ago Timothy Yost (right) got a break. He was homeless in January. Today he has $77,000 and is still homeless, but considering getting a car after discovering a bag full of damp bills and 40 gold Krugerrand coins from South Africa.

  Life changed for Yost after making the find of a lifetime while looking for a place to wash his feet in the Colorado River at Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop, Texas. Or did it?

  Bastrop Mayor Terry Orr told msnbc.com that Detective Tamera Brown launched a lengthy investigation to find the money’s owner. She reached out to the FBI and a bank fraud investigation team and placed an ad in the local newspaper, per the law. Several people said the money was theirs, Orr said, but their claims were dubious.

 It came down to a Texas finders keepers law and Yost was given back the money he’d found. As for Yost, he spent the night in jail for being intoxicated after celebrating his good fortune. He did manage to tell local reporters he was going to get a car when they let him out.

"I've been walking for so long; the first thing I want is a vehicle," he told Austin Fox News Channel 7.

I can’t help wondering what Yost will do with his leftover money after buying a car. Will he buy a new car? A junker? Perhaps rent an apartment? The question is, how long has Yost been homeless? And why? Is he an alcoholic or druggie with a history?

No one will ever know what happened to Yost and his money. We’re left wondering what he did with his life. Did he take advantage of his new found fortune and improve his lifestyle? I’d like to think so.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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