It’s stories like this one that truly restore our faith in humanity.
A Massachusetts man was shopping at a used book-swap in Wellesley, Mass. last month when he discovered a book with $20,000 hidden in its pages, CBS Boston reports. Rather than keep the cash for himself, the man is now trying to locate the money’s rightful owner.
“The first thing I was thinking was, ‘let me see if I can find a name in this book, then I can give back the money,’” the man told CBS Boston. “But unfortunately, I looked and could not find anything.”
Since he has chosen to keep his identity a secret, the man is asking anyone with any information on the book to email him at Ipatimga2005@comcast.net. If he can’t find the book’s previous owner, he plans to donate some of the money to charity and keep the rest for himself.
The Massachusetts man isn’t the first person to make a startling discovery in a used book. In October, an Indiana librarian found a gun stashed inside a hollowed-out book that was donated to her library.
Large sums of cash seem to get lost more often than one might think.
In October, a Las Vegas cab driver found a black laptop case stuffed with $221,510, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. After returning the cash to the person who had won the money at a casino earlier, the cab driver was rewarded with a $2,000 tip.
And our list of lucky finds doesn't stop there. In May, an unemployed man found an original Picasso poster at a thrift shop and later sold the piece of artwork for $7,000. Last summer, an unemployed man discovered $150,000 in a duffle bag stashed in his backyard. He spent $10 of the money on cigarettes, and then returned the rest to the police.