Man Finds $45,000 In New House, And Returns It

It turns out there are still some good people left in this world. The Deseret News has the story of a man who was inspecting his family’s first home when a piece of cloth attached to the attic door grabbed his attention. Climbing up the ladder and through the hatch he pulled out a WW II ammo case. He opened the box and discovered inside an amazing treasure, which he ended up giving away that night.

Inside the box and seven others like it he found $45,000 in cash, all tightly wound up and balled with twine. It was secreted there by the house’s previous owner, a man who died there last November. The man who found it thought of all the things he could do for his family with that money. Repair their car. Adopt a child. Fix up the new house. But he knew what he had to do.

“I could imagine him in his workshop. From time to time, he would carefully bundle up $100 with twine, climb up into his attic and put it into a box to save, the man told the Deseret News. “And he didn’t do that for me.”

So he called up the man’s children and told them he had a special surprise for them and handed them over the boxes of cash.

“He grew up in hard times and people that survived that era didn’t have anything when they came out of it unless they saved it themselves,” the eldest of the children told the Deseret News. “He was a saver, not a spender.”

A heart-warming tale. Imagine how much more of a bequeath the man could have left his family if he had put it in a savings account or low-risk bonds.

Big cash discovery leads to a lesson in honesty for new Bountiful homeowners [Desert News] (Thanks to Josh!)

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