What would you do if one normal day you find a huge amount of money that you knew it wasn’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!
20. ANOTHER NORMAL DAY
It was just a normal day for Jessee Diaz, a Del Cerro Goodwill employee, who was working at the San Diego facility. As usual, he was going through some boxes of donations when he finally opened a tempura fryer that was donated to them. Inside there was something wrapped in tin foil. No one would have guessed what was its content.
19. A MYSTERIOUS FINDING
At first, Diaz thought of throwing it away, but then she decided to 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
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
It would be a really hard decision for anyone who had found that the 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
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
After 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
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
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.
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
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.
When Giffin gave her the envelope with the $46,400, at first Colarusso stood there, unable to speak. “Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness, forty-six thousand dollars?” Colarusso shouts out.
9. HIDDEN SPOT
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.
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
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
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
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
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
At first, both of them were really shocked 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.
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
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.