December 30, 1940
City detectives Sunday night were looking for the late 1940 version of the “meanest man in town.”
When Lorenzo Balsach, nine years old, 3132 Alameda Avenue, finished shining a customer’s shoes, the American man asked him if he had change for a silver dollar.
“No sir,” replied Lorenzo, “I have only 53 cents.”
“That’s all right, son, give me that and keep the dollar,” the customer said. He handed the boy a counterfeit silver dollar. The boy gave the dollar and description of the big-hearted customer to officers.