In a controversial Showtime documentary, Reversal of Fortune by filmmaker Wayne Powers, cameras follow Ted Rodrigue, a 45-year-old who has been periodically homeless for the last 20 years. Wayne tells Ted his film is about what's it's like to be homeless, but there's more planned for Ted's story on film.
One day, Ted headed for the dumpster to search for bottles and cans, which he recycled for money. There he found a briefcase containing $100,000 in cash—placed there by Wayne.
"There [were] a lot of emotions all at once," Ted says about finding the briefcase. "I thought I was going to get shot. I thought it was drug money. Then I thought it was a prop for the movie, and I would have to give it back. It didn't sink in for a good half an hour—then I knew [it was mine to keep]."