An elderly woman hid her life savings of $41,000 in the couch she slept on for 30 years. But when she came back home from an operation, she found the old couch was gone…
It turned out that, during her absence, her daughter donated the old couch and replaced it with a full-size bed for her mother to sleep more comfortably.
The couch was eventually bought by three young people for $20 at the Salvation Army store in New Paltz.
When the three roommates, Reese Werkhoven, Cally Guasti, and Lara Russo, found the old couch, there was cash inside and they were really excited.
“We were just really freaked out by it,” Werkhoven told CBS New York in 2014. “When we were in the bedroom our neighbors thought we won the lottery or something cause we were just screaming,” Guasti said.
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They pulled out the plastic envelopes from inside the couch and counted the cash excitedly. Twenty minutes later, they had a pile of money, $41,000 in total. At first, they dreamed about how to spend the money.
“I would have bought my mom a new car,” Werkhoven told the Little Rebellion. “What she drives is a piece of junk, and I really wanted to surprise her with a brand-new car.” They also talked about using it to pay their student loans, and to travel around the world…
But then, one envelope came to their attention that put a stop to their daydreaming. Russo found a woman’s name on it.
“We had a lot of moral discussions about the money,” Russo said. “We all agreed that we had to bring the money back to whoever it belonged to … it’s their money—we didn’t earn it.”
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They got a phone number with the name from a phone book listing the next day. Werkhoven called the woman.
“I’m like, ‘I found something that I think is yours,’ and she’s like, ‘What?!’” Werkhoven told CBS New York. “And I’m like, ‘I found a couch,’ and then She’s like, ‘oh my God, I left a lot of money in that couch.’”
The three good young people delivered the money to the lady, who was so grateful and happy. “She actually said something really beautiful like ‘this is my husband looking down on me and this was supposed to happen,’” Guasti said.
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