College Students Find More Than $40,000 In Second-Hand Couch

Your sofa probably has some loose change under the cushions. This couch had $40,000 in it.

Lara Russo (left), Cally Guasti (center) and Reese Werkhoven found more than $40,000 stashed inside the couch they bought at a Salvation Army store.

Lara Russo (left), Cally Guasti (center) and Reese Werkhoven found more than $40,000 stashed inside the couch they bought at a Salvation Army store.

 

Three New Paltz, N.Y., roommates found piles of cash in a couch they picked up at a thrift shop for just $20, CBS New York reported.

Reese Werkhoven, Cally Guasti and Lara Russo were watching a movie together last month when they felt something weird in the cushions of their couch, which they bought at a Salvation Army about two months before.

Curious, Werkhoven stuck his hand under the sofa’s arm. The State University of New York junior pulled out a plastic envelope. Inside: $700 in $20 bills.

“I almost peed,” Werkhoven told the Little Rebellion, a student-run news site at SUNY New Paltz. “The most money I’d ever found in a couch was, like, fifty cents. Honestly, I’d be ecstatic to find just $5 in a couch.”

The three began digging through the rest of the couch. They found several more envelopes containing $40,000 total.

They started thinking about what they would spend the cash on: vacations, student loans and a new car for Werkhoven’s mom.

But before they could cash in their fortune, Russo found a name on one of the envelopes.

“We all agreed that we had to bring the money back to whoever it belonged to,”Russo told the news site. “It’s their money. We didn’t earn it.”

A day later, they matched the name on the envelope to a phone book listing. Werkoven called her.

“I’m like, ‘I found something that I think is yours,’ and she’s like, ‘What?!'”Werkhoven told CBS New York. “And I’m like, ‘I found a couch,’ and then She’s like, ‘oh my God, I left a lot of money in that couch.'”

The friends delivered the cash to the woman, who explained that she kept her savings — and her husband’s savings — in the couch for 30 years.

After her husband died, the woman had back surgery. Thinking she was doing her mother a favor, the woman’s daughter got rid of the old couch, which the woman slept on, and replaced it with a new bed.

The New York woman gave the three roommates $1,000 as a reward.

The roommates said they’re lucky they could have helped.

“We almost didn’t pick that couch,” Russo told the Little Rebellion. “It’s pretty ugly and smells, but it was the only couch that fit the right dimensions for our living room.”

 

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