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Georgia homeless man receives unique reward for his honesty
A homeless in Georgia is reaping the benefits of being honest.
The man returned a woman's stolen wallet and received a pretty cool reward from a hotel.
Joel Hartman became an overnight sensation after the General Manager at the Omni hotel released a snap shot to Channel 2 action news Thursday night of the 36 year old homeless man returning a guest's wallet he says he found in a dumpster while digging for food.
"Oh my gosh."
We were right behind Hartman as he walked into his home for the next five days. Omni General Manager Scott Stuckey is thanking him with a room through the cold snap and Thanksgiving Holiday.
"That feels a little bit better already."
Hartman says Thursday night he slept in the woods in Duluth, he told us how he's been homeless for a year now and hasn't always been the best citizen.
"I've been a bad guy before drugs and alcohol will do that to you."
He couldn't take life anymore he said after losing a longtime love.
"Some really low down dirty stuff I said forget it I'm gone packed a bag and left."
His bag now sits next to a cozy bed, in a high-rise hotel room, where he was treated to room service and 500 dollars in cash.
"It's just for doing the right thing."
"Maybe someone will see this totally drugged out stuff like that ugly guy can do something about it maybe I can too."