Three New York students were shocked to find $40,000 in cash hidden in their couch after they bought it for $20 at the Salvation Army.
Reese Werkhoven, Cally Guasti and Lara Russo were trying out their new couch when they discovered a plastic envelope filled with $700.
“I almost peed,” Werkhoven said.
Twenty minutes of searching the couch later, the students found a total of $40,000 hidden in other envelopes. One envelope contained a woman’s name.
After speaking with their parents, the students decided to return the money to the woman whose name was on the envelope.
“We had a lot of moral discussions about the money,” Russo said. “It’s their money – we didn’t earn it.”
When the students called the woman, she was reportedely rude, which gave Werkhoven hesitations about returning the money. However, when they arrived at the woman’s house and saw her family, they realized the woman was a good person.
The woman explained that her husband had given her money each week before he passed away and that she had hidden it in the couch. The couch had accidentally been removed from her home by her daughter and replaced with a full-sized bed.
In return for giving back the money, the woman gave $1,000 to the students.