Goodwill Employee Finds $46,000 Hidden In Donated Fryer And Tracks The Owner

What would you do if one normal day you found a huge amount of money that you knew they weren’t yours? Would you try to find the rightful owner of the money or would you keep it? For Jessee Diaz the answer was obvious right away!  Make sure not to miss #19, #17 and #16!

20. ANOTHER NORMAL DAY

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It was just a normal day for Jessee Diaz, a Del Cerro Goodwill employee , who was working at the San Diego facility. As usual she was going through some boxes of donations when she finally opened a tempura fryer that was donated to them. Inside there was something wrapped in tin foil. No one would have guested what was its content. Click next to find out!

19. A MYSTERIOUS FINDING

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At first  Diaz  thought of throwing it away, but then she decided unwrap the tin foil and find out what was hidden inside.  “I was about to throw it in the trash actually,” said Jessee. “I thought it was just trash.” What she found inside took her breath away! Do you want to know what was the mysterious content of the tin foil? Click next!

18. FIVE ENVELOPES

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While she was unwrapping the tin foil, Jessee was fully unaware of what was hidden inside, so she started being really impatient to find out and when she opened it she found five envelopes with a huge amount of money inside. “That’s when I saw five envelopes inside the tin foil with tons of hundreds and fifties,” said Diaz.

17. THE RIGHT THING TO DO

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It would be a really hard decision for anyone who had found that amount of money not to think of themselves. However, Jessee didn’t think twice! “There’s a lot of people who depend on us, and it’s just the right thing to do. I didn’t think twice,” said Jessee.

16. HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY

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Immediately, Jesse  informed her manager about her findings and they started counting the money together. It took them a long time to count all of them and the total ended up being $46,400. “It probably took us like 45 minutes, it was nonstop,” Diaz told us.

15. SEARCHING FOR THE MAN BEHIND

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After the counting the manager decided that they had to find the rightful owner of the money. So, with that in mind, the Goodwill’s loss prevention team started searching through that day’s donation receipt, when they finally found the one that they were looking for. On the receipt was written the name Debra Colarusso.  

14. THE CALL

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Due to the receipt, the Goodwill’s loss prevention team believed that Debra Colarusso might be the owner of the money as she had donated the tempura fryer to them. So they decided to make a phone call in order to inform her about their findings.

13. THE OWNER

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What they found out from the phone call was that the tempura fryer belonged to Debra’s mother-in-law named Michiko, who was 79 and she was dealing with problems of memory loss that were caused after her husband died.

12. DONATING

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Michiko was owning many things and her family along with Colarusso decided that they should donate some in order to make more space. So that’s why they donated the tempura fryer being unaware of the treasure that was hidden inside.

11. RETURNING THE MONEY

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Toni Giffin, CEO of Goodwill, arranged a meet up with Colarusso in order to return the huge amount of money that she and her family had given to them without knowing. “I think you might have donated a little bit more than you anticipated,” Giffin said to Debra.

10. SPEACHLESS

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When Giffin gave her the envelope with the $46,400, at first Colarusso stood there, enable to speak. “Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness, forty-six thousand dollars?” Colarusso shout out.

9. HIDDEN SPOT

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No one knew about that saving spot except Michiko and her husband who started saving money for many years in order to visit heir family who lived in Japan, due to the fact that that trip was a bit expensive. “It was their secret squirrel account,” Colarusso said.

8. GRATEFUL

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Colarusso felt really grateful towards Diaz because not many people would have done the right thing by returning the money to its owner.  Without Diaz, Colarusso and her family would have lost a huge amount of money. “I don’t know what to say. Thank you so much,” Colarusso said to Diaz.

7. ACT OF SELFLESSNESS

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Diaz must become a role model for anyone, due to her selflessness that made her give the money back without a second thought. Without her doing the right thing,  a huge amount of money would have ended up to the wrong hands.

6. ANOTHER CASE

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Another example of an act of selflessness is also the case of Adela Stanici and Samuel, a couple who bought  online a used cupboard that was hiding inside a huge surprise for them.

 

5. UNEXPECTED FINDING

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Inside the cupboard, there was a metal box with an unexpected content that left the couple speechless. Inside the metal box, there were  many bundles of 500-euro notes  and when the couple found them, the couldn’t believe their eyes!

4. THE COUNTING

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After counting the bundles, to their surprise, the amount of money ended up being 95,000 euros. After  overcoming the first sock of knowing that they had 95,000 euros  in their hands, they started thinking of what they should do.

3. THE DECISION

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At first , both of them were really socked and didn’t know exactly what to do. However, they decided not to keep the money and to do the right thing. “We knew we had to get the money back to where it came from,” Adela said.

2. UNAWARE

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The couple found out that the cupboard belonged to the man’s father who had recently died. The man didn’t have a clue about the content of the cupboard and that’s why he decided to sell it without a second thought.

1. A GENEROUS DONATION

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After being informed by the couple for their findings the man drove all the way to their village without knowing the exact amount of money and when he saw it he was out of breath. As a sign of appreciation, the man decided to award the couple with an unknown amount of money.

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