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Lumpy Couch Treasure

Leslie Brown

Three students got more than they bargained for when they bought a used sofa at a Salvation Army store in New York state.

These kids are braver than I, because while I have no problem buying things “used”, upholstered furniture is not one of them. The three SUNY students, who share an apartment, are all friends from the same high school in New York City.

The couch sat unused for a time in their apartment. Then, one of the room-mates curious as to the cause of the couch’s “lumpiness” discovered a zippered compartment where several envelopes of cash were hidden. The first envelope contained 4,000 dollars.  As the students continued in their eager search, they found envelopes containing cash that totaled over 40,000 dollars.  In the excitement of the find, they eagerly talked of plans of travel, buying a boat and what else they would do with the money.

Then, they found a deposit slip with the name of the owner of the couch, and the imaginary spending of the money came to a sudden halt as they all three knew  the right thing to do was to try and find the owner and return the money.

Well, it turns out the 91 year old owner of the couch didn’t trust banks and had hidden her money inside a cushion of the couch.  While the widow was hospitalized for a broken hip, the widow’s children gave the couch to the Salvation Army.

When the elderly woman had her money returned to her, she said she felt like her husband “was still taking care of her”, and she gave the students a reward for their honesty. How wonderful to know there are “kids” out there that are still raised with integrity, and seek to do right, even when at the time it’s not always the easiest choice.


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