Roommates Reese Werkhoven, Cally Guasti and Lara Russo bought the old, smelly couch for $20 from a local second-hand store.
Not long after they moved it into their New Paltz, New York home they discovered envelopes of cash – $41,000 worth – stashed deeply in the couch. Apparently, they had felt something lumpy in two side pillows built into the couch while watching a movie. If only something like this would happen to everyone. Just think, you’re sat there watching tv on your white high gloss tv unit and then you find out that your couch has cash hidden inside it. . . wouldn’t that be amazing.
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“It had these bubble wrap envelopes, just like two or three of them,” Werkhoven, a SUNY (State University of New York) New Paltz geology major, told CBS News. “We ripped them out and was just like freaking out, like an inch and a half of hundred dollar bills.”
After some research, Werkhoven’s mother found the woman in a phone book and the young man called her up.
“I’m like ‘I found something that I think is yours and she’s like “what?!’ 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,'” said Werkhoven.
The friends said the elderly woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, told them her sick husband had given her the cash in the years before he died. He gave her the money so she would have something to live on after he was gone.
The woman stashed it in the old couch in the room where she slept. But recently she had an operation on her back and spent several months in a rehabilitation center. While there, her doctors recommended her children replace the old couch to aid her back pain, and that’s how it came to be at the Salvation Army story where the student bought it.
“I think it’s just that anyone can do good if they will themselves to it,” Werkhoven told CBS News.
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