A 10-year-old boy picking up litter in New Hampshire found a charred backpack stuffed with more than $8,000 in cash.
Arie Johnston of Dover was helping his grandmother with her town's annual roadside cleanup when he spotted the backpack Saturday. He told Foster's Daily Democrat his first thought was that a person had been killed for the money.
Arie's grandmother called the Alton town clerk, who identified the bag's owner based on the passports and other documents found with the money. The owner was a woman who had lived across the street until a fire damaged her apartment last year.
Police say the woman has since moved to Maine and has asked that her belongings be given to her sister who lives in Alton. Arie's grandmother says a reward may be coming.
在美国，这类"拾金不昧"的先进事迹，不过是平凡的一则报道，都上不了主流媒体"大雅之堂"。与类似事件在中国的头版头条，"锣鼓喧天鞭炮齐鸣"铺天盖地造英雄的宣传形成了对比。注意，这里并非强调孰优孰劣的中美PK，更多的是一种文化的对比。美国人的道德教育多来自基督信仰，有句大家都知道的俗话是: Do onto others as you would wish them do onto you，有点像中国话的"己所不欲勿使于人"，大白话就是，想要别人怎么对你，你就怎么对别人。这是基督教义里的一条金律(Golden rule)，理论上取名为the Ethics of Reciprocity。但这中美对比中有意思的是，美国话说的是"我想要别人对我怎么做，我也应该对别人怎么做"，而中国话讲的是"自己不想要别人对你做的事，你也不要对别人做"--一个铜板正反两面。