You know the feeling when you reach into the pocket of some jeans or a jacket you haven’t worn in a while and come up with a $5 bill? Multiply that feeling by a whole lot and imagine what it’d be like to find a suit stuffed with cash for a grand total of $43,000.
This wasn’t a long-lost winter coat pulled out of seasonal storage though, but a donated set of clothing at a Goodwill store in Michigan, reports the Monroe News.
The manager of the store was going through a suit and robe that had recently been donated when he found a wallet and several envelopes stuffed with cash. Before even counting it out and thus, creating the inevitable caviar wishes and Champagne dreams, he called the cops.
The manager handed over all of the cash and the wallet with the owner’s identification information, and cops discovered about $43,100 in total. Police were able to track down the person who was probably quite distraught over losing so many stacks of $100 bills.
“We might find a quarter in somebody’s jeans,” the manager explained. “But that blows my mind.”
He didn’t even think twice about turning the cash in instead of squirreling it way in his pockets, he said. There was no doubt about it — the money had to go back.
“My biggest concern was getting the money back to the rightful owner,” he said. “I certainly can’t imagine losing that kind of money. I was so nervous having so much of someone else’s money.”
It turns out the person who’d donated the clothing had been cleaning out an elderly relative’s closet and never checked the pockets — what’s more, he had no idea there could possibly be that much money in his relative’s belongings.
“I am really proud of those people at Goodwill,” the man said. “It makes me feel good there are people out there like that, especially in this day and age.”
Worker Returns $43,000 Discovered In Donated Clothing [Monroe News]