Homeless man waited for hours in rain to guard stranger's £450

Elias Hubbard
December 17, 2017

As it turns out, John is doing more than just buying clothes - he's even set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for James and the rest of the homeless community in the area.

Thousands of pounds have been raised for a homeless man who spent hours in the pouring rain to ensure a woman's handbag containing £400 was not stolen.

James McGeown noticed that John McMonagle had left the window down of his auto outside Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday morning with a handbag and cash on display.

He said: "I'm not complimenting someone for being honest; he stood by the auto for two-and-a-half hours - the humanity of this man was extraordinary". He then took it to a nearby solicitor's office until Mr McMonagle returned.

When the owner of the vehicle, John McMonagle, returned with his colleague Alyshia Orford to his auto parked outside Glasgow's Sheriff Court, he was surprised to discover a note telling him the bag was safe in the office.

He said while Mr McGeown "is homeless and alcohol-dependant" he's also "an absolute gentleman".

"The money will be entrusted to John McMonagle to use for the above - also the first £5,000 will go exclusively James John McGeown".

"This guy has nothing and yet he didn't take the bag for himself, he thought about others instead".

"I was in shock, I couldn't believe that the guy never took a penny", John McMonagle, owner of McMonagle's chip shop in Clydebank told GlasgowLive.

"To think he is sleeping on the streets tonight when he could have stolen the money and paid for a place to stay", he said. It's phenomenal. It just proves there's decent guys out there and especially at Christmas.

The original target was £5,000, but by Friday evening, less than 24 hours after the page went live, nearly double that figure had been raised.

A homeless man has called an "absolute gentleman" after he stood outside in "frozen rain" to guard a woman's handbag containing almost $700.

And John's followers couldn't help but agree, with many offering rough sleeper James work, training and accommodation to help him get back on his feet.

Mr McMonagle added: "The money is over £5,000 and James will get all of that, but I'll administer it and be guided by professionals. I've now seen the support available to people like James and the people who give it and I want this whole drive to help them".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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