Thursday, May 2, 2019

They don't regret doing the right thing

It's been almost five years since roommates Reese Werkhoven, Cally Guasti and Lara Russo were shocked by what they found in their couch. One day after watching a movie on TV, they noticed crinkles in one of the side pillows of the use couch, which they purchased from the Salvation Army in New Paltz, New York. Tearing the pillows open, they found bubble-wrap envelopes. They opened the first one and found "an inch and a half of hundred dollar bills." They eagerly counted it, and it totalled $41,00. Reese was thinking about buying a boat.

But then they found an envelope with a woman's name on it, and their sense of entitlement vanished. With the help of Werkhoven's mother, they found the woman, called her, and returned the cash. The elderly woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she stashed money in that couch for years and family members who did not know had mistakenly donated it to the Salvation Army. As a reward for their honesty, she gave the roommates $1,000, proving that honesty really does pay.

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