An employee in an Ontario, Canada, recycling plant discovered an incredible amount of money that can only be described as a dream come true. But it’s what she did after her find that’s surprising.
She helped the money find its way back to the original owner.
The discovery was a cash box full of money — around $100,000 Canadian or $76,000 U.S. — in an old television. The employee made the discovery while dismantling the television in January. The television had reportedly been at the recycling plant for a year before anyone got around to dismantling it.
But there was no mistaking that the find was a substantial amount of cash.
“There was like, four stacks of $50 bills, and I knew it was a large amount of money,” Global Electric Electronic Processing general manager Rick Deschamps told CTV Barrie.
Along with the cash box were bank records dating back to 1985. The Barrie Examiner reported GEEP’s vice-president of operations Lew Coffin said the paperwork also had a name on it. After clearing the money of criminal association, police traced it to a 68-year-old man in Bolsover, Ontario.
The owner, who was not identified, said he hid the cash inside the set some 30 yeas ago after inheriting it from his parents. Over time, he simply forgot about it. He eventually gave the television to a friend, who eventually took it to the recycling plant.
Coffin said he was pleased with how the entire situation worked out.
Constable Nicole Rodgers of the Barrie police told CBC Toronto that the man and his family were shocked when they were told about the money.
“I think that they’re just happy that the money was returned and this company in Barrie was just so gracious and honest,” she said. “It was a big deal for him.”
What an incredible story. The employee didn’t have to return the money, but she did — proving that there are still good people in the world.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail