Leo Guarente, Junk Depot Owner, Returns $114,000 In Savings Bonds To Customer

10/08/2012 10:58 am ET | Updated Oct 08, 2012
  • Harry Bradford Associate Editor, HuffPost Business and HuffPost Small Business

When cleaning out an old home, be sure to do one of two things: Be very thorough, or hire really honest junk collectors.

Doing the latter saved Marie Veloso of Medford, Massachusetts, nearly $114,000 in the process of cleaning out the home of her late mother. After removing a hope chest from the home, Leo Guarente, owner of nearby Junk Depot, discovered that it contained 21 class E United States savings bonds from 1972 worth $1,000 each at the time. Now the bonds, fetch about $113,954, but Guarente didn't hesitate to return them to their rightful owner, WCVB reports.

“I was nervous. I knew I was going to change this woman’s life for the better,” Guarente told CBS Boston. “It warms my heart to know that I helped someone.”

Thankfully, Guarente isn't the only one doing the right thing when given the opportunity. Earlier this year an eight-year-old girl returned $4,000 she found to its rightful owner, while one Tennessee couple gave back a bag they discovered at a convenience store with $13,000 in it.

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