An Ohio couple thought that they were simply giving away some old clothes to a Goodwill shop in Zanesville last week. But they nearly gave up much, much more: They had mistakenly included a duffel bag stuffed with nearly $100,000 in cash along with the clothes.
Fortunately, workers at the shop who thought at first that the money might be fake swiftly tracked down the couple after the mix-up last week, and returned the money.
It was a heartwarming incident and one that is not nearly as rare as you might think.
Similar events across the country in recent years have shown that even in an age of checks, credit cards, Bitcoin and Apple Pay, a surprising number of people still go around with vast sums of cash. And quite a few go on to lose that cash. But fortunately for them, there are plenty of good Samaritans who are only too willing to disprove the old finders keepers taunt.
A Boston cabdriver returned $187,786.75 last summer to a homeless man who had left it in a backpack in the back seat. The Boston Globe reported that the money belonged to a recovering drug addict who had just received it as part of an unexpected inheritance from his late parents. That money would have changed my life, the driver, Raymond MacCausland, known as Buzzy, told The Globe joking that his girlfriend had given him a hard time about giving it back.