College students Reese Werkhoven, Cally Guasti and Lara Russo were roommates that followed a strict budget. Like most college students around the country, they filled their living space with second hand furniture. When they spotted this couch for sale at the low price of only $20, they were excited. It wasn’t very comfortable and felt a little odd underneath the cushions…so, they decided to make the best of it and figure out where the lumps were coming from. When they opened up the cushions, they couldn’t believe what was hidden inside!
It had these bubble wrap envelopes, just like two or three of them,” Werkhoven said in an interview. “We ripped them out and [I] was just like freaking out, like an inch and a half of $100 bills.”
They began to look through and count all of the money, planning to split it between them.
Until they found a bank statement mixed in with the cash.
We had a lot of moral discussions about the money,” Russo said in an interview. “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. However, there were a lot of gray areas we had to consider.”
They were able to find the owner, a 91-year-old woman who had been keeping her life savings hidden in the sofa because she didn’t trust the banks. Every night, she slept on her fortune, but after undergoing hip surgery, she came home to find that her daughter had sold the couch and purchased a real bed instead.
This was her life savings and she actually said something really beautiful, like ‘This is my husband looking down on me and this was supposed to happen,’” Guasti said.
The old woman greeted the trio at the door with her daughter and granddaughter. She gave $1,000 back to the students to thank them for their good deed.
She gave the students $1,000 and thanked them for their good deed. After seeing the woman’s run-down home, the students felt that they had done the right thing after all.
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