A photographer was tipped off by a friend about an abandoned house in Ontario, Canada as a location to shoot, and once he got there, discovered $7,000 cash stashed away and was able to return it to the rightful owner.
The photographer, identified only as Dave, reportedly went to the house to shoot after a friend told him where it was located. Once inside, Dave discovered a number of antiques and valuable items, as well as a yellow hardware bag rolled up behind a mattress. Out of curiosity, Dave unzipped the bag, and shockingly, he discovered nearly $7,000 in Canadian and U.S. dollars.
"I hung my coat and got my bearings in the house, unpacked my gear and got ready to shoot a pic of the kitchen when something caught my eye at the corner of the mattress," Dave said. "Behind the mattress was a yellow Home Hardware bag - full of stuff. I became nervous and unsure of what I should do. But found behind the mattress was nearly $6,800 in cash - old smelly US and Canadian money, tightly rolled. Most of it was bundled up in little elastics marked in pencil with dates and amounts throughout the mid 1960s to the 1970s."
Dave later learned that the owners of the house had both died, but instead of keeping the forgotten money for himself, the photographer decided to track down a female family member of the former homeowners and return the money to her.
"I told her that I was an urban explorer and I am part of a community who finds abandoned houses and takes photos of them," Dave explained. "I said I had recently photographed an abandoned house in and I believe it may have been her family home. I told her we didn't want to leave it there for some kid or vandal to find and to steal and we wanted to return this money to the family, where it belongs. Her demeanor changed, she was apprehensive and nervous and she needed to talk to her husband.
"Thirty minutes later she called back and asked me if we could meet that afternoon at the house," the photographer continued. "We gave her the money, every penny, she started to cry and overwhelmed by this random act of kindness, and by the emotions she felt at being back at this house. We didn't pry or ask about family history, we offered a few hugs and just took in the moment. We posed with her for a photo, at her request, and after many many thank you hugs we went on our way."
The money reportedly belonged to the woman's grandparents and is believed to have been collected over decades from the fruit stand that the now-deceased homeowners once ran.