Some college students in NYC just casually found $41k in a second hand couch


Reese Werkhoven, a New York college student, and two friends, Cally Guasti and Lara Russo, had just bought the couch for $20, reports SUNY New Paltz’s student newspaper, The Little Rebellion, and were sitting on it for the first time, when Werkhoven brushed against an envelope under the armrest. Inside that envelope: $700 in cash.

“I almost peed,” Werkhoven recalled to the paper. “The most money I’d ever found in a couch was like 50 cents. Honestly, I’d be ecstatic to find just $5 in a couch.”

A deeper dig into the couch’s depths revealed more envelopes, some containing stacks of $100 bills. When all said and done, the trio told CBS New York they’d collected a pile of cash on their floor worth nearly $41,000. “Our neighbors thought we’d won the lottery or something, because we were just screaming,” Gausti told the station.


Though they could have easily divvied up the cash and used it to pay off student loans, the three decided to follow up on a name they’d found written on one of the envelopes. A name which led them to an ecstatic elderly widow whose children had dropped the couch off at Salvation Army, planning to surprise her with an upgrade, not knowing it contained her life savings.

“We all agreed that we had to bring the money back,” Russo said to NBC New York. “It’s their money — we didn’t earn it.”

For their honesty, the woman gave each of the students $1,000.

So, let me get this straight.. $20 couch, $41,000 dollars in envelopes..? Here’s the deal, if these envelopes didn’t have a names on them, the cash is 100% mine and I’m just going to justify keeping it by telling myself, “oh well, I guess there’s no way of finding out whose money this is.. Oh well… BOOOOM 41 thou baby!!”

But if there are names on the envelopes.. I’m too much of a karma pussy to not find the person and give their money back.. Because that name will haunt you and your conscience for the rest of your life, dirty dirty money.

Won’t even enjoy spending it.

How about this old lady’s kids though??? Guys, fucking grow up, read a fucking book.. Old people don’t trust banks, they think banks steal their money, they’ve most likely lived through the Great Depression, they’re money in the mattress kind of people.. How can you be so stupid!!? My grandma used to keep fat stacks in her dresser, she also used to rap sausages in napkins and stick them in her purse for later at family gatherings, it’s a generational/old people thing. They’re survivors. This old lady had to have been pissed when she came home to find a dumb fucking Swedish ikea couch in place of ol’ reliable, not only because there isn’t any space in the new couches for cash, but because all the money she had ever saved was gone.. Probably looked at her kids and told them they were all mistakes, that their dad had just come back from the war and didn’t wear a rubber.

God I’m so torn though.. What could I have done with 41k.. A lot of things..