Huffpost Impact

Friends Find $40,000 Hidden In Secondhand Couch, And Do The Right Thing

Posted: Updated:

The last time you dug into your couch cushions, what'd you find? Some lint, a pen, maybe a couple loose coins?

Whatever you came up with, it likely paled in comparison to the $40,000 three friends found in their couch, a secondhand piece of furniture they'd just picked up at a thrift store.

Story continues below.
money found

Reese Werkhoven, a New York college student, and two friends, Cally Guasti and Lara Russo, had just bought the couch for $20, reports SUNY New Paltz's student newspaper, The Little Rebellion, and were sitting on it for the first time, when Werkhoven brushed against an envelope under the armrest. Inside that envelope: $700 in cash.

"I almost peed," Werkhoven recalled to the paper. "The most money I’d ever found in a couch was like 50 cents. Honestly, I’d be ecstatic to find just $5 in a couch."

A deeper dig into the couch's depths revealed more envelopes, some containing stacks of $100 bills. When all said and done, the trio told CBS New York they'd collected a pile of cash on their floor worth nearly $41,000. "Our neighbors thought we'd won the lottery or something, because we were just screaming," Gausti told the station.

money found

Though they could have easily divvied up the cash and used it to pay off student loans, the three decided to follow up on a name they'd found written on one of the envelopes. A name which led them to an ecstatic elderly widow whose children had dropped the couch off at Salvation Army, planning to surprise her with an upgrade, not knowing it contained her life savings.

"We all agreed that we had to bring the money back," Russo said to NBC New York. "It’s their money -- we didn’t earn it."

For their honesty, the woman gave each of the students $1,000.

Like Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter

Related on HuffPost:

Close
Wacky Finds Worth Big Bucks
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

New York college students find $40,000 in $20 couch from thrift ...

College students in New Paltz find $40,000 in couch from thrift store ...

Students found $41k cash in couch RETURN the money | Mail Online

New Paltz Students Find $40K in a Couch | The Little Rebellion

College students find $41K hidden in $20 thrift store couch ...

College roommates find $40K in a couch bought at Salvation Army ...

College students buy couch for $20, find $40000 in cash stashed inside

Three students discover lucky find in $20 thrift store couch

Students find $40K hidden in an old sofa

Three Students Buy Couch for $20 at Salvation Army — Then Find ...

Upstate New York Roommates Find $40K in Couch, Return Cash to ...

Pals find $40K in used sofa and track down owner | New York Post

SUNY Students Return $40000 Discovered in Salvation Army Sofa