A “Lil Positivity”: Woman Gives Homeless Man Credit Card, He Spends $25 And Brings It Right Back!!!

- By Bossip Staff

Homeless Man Jay Valentine

Most people wouldn’t trust the waitress with their credit card let alone a homeless man. Good Samaritan, Merrie Harris, was having a conversation with in SoHo when a homeless man, Jay Valentine, 32, came up and asked her for some change. Apparently Merrie is not in the habit of carrying cash on her so, she hands Valentine her credit card and says “Can I trust you?” and evidently she could because he came right back…

Harris lent her card to Valentine there Monday after he asked her for change. Most people who witnessed the act of extreme generosity doubted he would ever come back. But a short time later, he returned with the card, stunning many and earning Valentine the title of Most Honest Homeless Man in the City.

“What he did was no surprise to me,” Harris said yesterday. “People keep telling me, ‘Why would you talk to him and trust him?’ But are we only supposed to trust people we know? What would Bernie Madoff’s friends be saying?”

Valentine told The Post that he was surprised to be handed the card, but he never thought to take advantage of Harris’ generosity.

“I wasn’t tempted at all,” said the 32-year-old Brooklyn native. “She trusted me, and I didn’t want to violate that trust. I would never do that.”

Valentine said he has been homeless for a few years, since he lost his job at a real-estate company that had allowed him to sleep in the office. He said he now spends his nights in an Internet cafe whose staff allows him to sleep on their chairs. He said he was hungry and low on cash on Monday when he saw Harris standing with friends outside the restaurant.

“I asked her for change and told her I wasn’t working,” he said.

“She said she only had a card. She said, ‘Can I trust you?’ I said, ‘I’m honest, yes.’

“I went and bought a few things and came back and gave her credit card back, and everybody was surprised.

“I said thanks for trusting me. I guess she had a good sense of judgment. She knew I was trustworthy.”

Valentine said he bought deodorant, body wash, a pack of Nat Sherman cigarettes and Vitamin Water. It all cost about $25, he said.

Merrie Harris said she wasn’t worried and maybe she wasn’t because she could dispute the charges if he decided to go on a little shopping spree. However, Jay Valentine didn’t take advantage of the situation and only got what he needed…

How many of you would give your credit card to a stranger???


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  • bonekrisha

    No. B/c not everyone is trustworthy. If it was someone else/homeless person I would have gotten what he needed for him. Everyone cant be trusted.

  • if anything be noble

    And if he got caught on tape for credit card fraud——–

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  • Scoobyonthetwit

    Simply called a women of conviction being led by the spirit of faith. I am humbled by reading this…

  • Fatima

    Wow, God bless them both. They give me hope. (L)

  • Blazianqt

    What an uplifting story. About damnt time!

  • UkFunky

    God is good.

  • bonekrisha

    But I’m glad she did that. Still good people on this earth. Bless him & her. & that is one of the sweetest homeless ppl I have ever heard of. 🙂

  • Sanriobaby =^.^=

    I LOVE this story! It’s always uplifting to hear about the simple good in humanity. Now would I be that trusting? Honestly no, but I have on more than one occasion went out of my way to buy food and basics for the needy. It’s always better to buy what’s needed as opposed to giving cash whenever possible.

  • Mabel

    A beautiful story to not judge the book by the cover. This woman trusted him and he only took what he needed. I wouldn’t hand over my card simply because of the issue with identity theft, but I hope that I have enough humanity that if someone said they were hungry I would give them enough money, or buy them something to eat.

  • CoCo

    I wonder what her credit card company is going to say when they hear about this. They might not feel like its so touching since she DID take a really big risk with THEIR money cuz if he never came back and spent alot of money they would have had to pay for it. (its a cute story tho)

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  • Bopa

    Sure this is a cute story but what would she have done if he ordered $5000 worth of stuff? She would have called her credit card company and told them that someone took her card. She would have gotten the $5000 back anyway and the homeless guy would have been able to keep his $5000 worth of stuff. It sounds crazy on face value but this lady knew exactly what she would do if he didn’t come back.

  • http://!! notadummy

    that’s against the law!!

  • Long hair don't care

    I wouldn’t do it because I only have a debit card so I’d have to tell him my pin too, but I’d most definitely give him cash especially because he asked so politely. This is a beautiful and heartwarming story and we should all strive to be more like them🙂


    Beautiful story but please don’t encourage people to act like that!
    God bless taht man and that women!

  • bootyful

    I couldn’t I have trust issues.
    Sweet gesture though just not for me.

  • It's Me

    cool story. She needs to help this guy out monthly now she has established the trust factor…maybe pay him to cut her lawn or something.

  • ignoranceizbliss

    I gave a bum a five dollar bill by accident and was cursing myself the whole day.

    Sweet gesture.



  • annieoh

    I love this story. There are still good people in this world and sometimes their paths cross.

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  • Curveball

    I bet her credit card company will be looking hard at all her “disputes” from now on. Cuz, her card/number wasn’t “stolen”. She gave it away.

    Anyway, I see he only bought necessities. Why didn’t he get some food?

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