That man was unemployed Robbie Kerr, of Spittal Road, who couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the money blowing in the wind near Kyle Square.
Laurence (68) of Croftfoot Terrace said: “I was at the Post Office paying a tax bill but they told me I couldn’t do it there because they didn’t have the right documentation and I would need top do it online.
“The £500 must have dropped out my pocket when I left the Post Office.
“I couldn’t believe it when the Post Office told me someone had found it.
“I’m very grateful indeed. I just didn’t expect to get it back, I didn’t even go to the police I had so little hope.
“It was a real surprise.”
Single parent Robbie (41) said he wanted to set an example to his son, also Robbie (11) and daughter Martine (4) and never even entertained the thought of keeping it.
He said “I know all my friends are saying I’m a mug and a fool but the best thing about it is I can explain Karma to my kids. Good things happen to good people.
“I never for a second thought about keeping it.
“You never know what it could have been, it could have been someone’s life savings.
“Someone else actually picked it up and there were quite a lot of people about.
“I can’t say for sure if they were going to keep it. I just took it to make sure it got handed in, I think they must have thought it was mine.”
Semi-retired electrician Laurence has left Robbie a £100 reward for his honesty, and Robbie said: “That’s very kind, he didn’t need to do that.”
Asim Ali owns the Post Office in Kyle Square, and he revealed they had to be careful before handing over the money: “The customer (Laurence) had never been in the shop before.
“We found a phone number and that he was an electrician, so we phoned him and said we needed some work done in the shop.
“We had to make sure it was the right guy before we gave him the money but when he came in we were able to identify him.
“There were rumours going about so anyone could have come in claiming to be him.”
Asim added: “I’ve been in Spittal for 10 years and it’s one of the nicest places I’ve worked but it was still a wee bit of a shock.
“It is a lot of money for a guy to pick up and put on the counter so hat’s off to Robbie.
“He’s a single parent who is out of work so it’s hard for him, it would have been easy for him to stick it in his pocket.”