When three roommates in New Paltz, N.Y. bought a $20 couch from a thrift store, they got much more than they bargained for – about $41,000 more.
Reese Werkhoven was sitting on the couch he bought with friends Cally Guasti and Lara Russo when he found an envelope under the armrest. It contained $700.
They searched the couch and found envelope after envelope, each stuffed with money. In all, the group dug up nearly $41,000 in cash. They were about to split their haul when they decided to investigate a name written on one of the envelopes.
It turns out the couch belonged to an elderly widow who stored her life savings in its cushions. Her family wanted to surprise her with a new couch, so they unwittingly donated her makeshift piggy bank.
In the end, the friends returned the cash to the widow, who gave them $1,000 as a reward.