Friends find $41k in $20 couch - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Friends find $41k in $20 couch

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (WHDH) - When a group of friends living together in New York bought a used couch they maybe expected to find some change in the cushions, they didn’t expect to find $41,000.

"We were just really freaked out by it,” Reese Werkhoven said.

The friends eagerly took pictures as they counted the money.

"Our neighbors thought we won the lottery or something 'cause we were just screaming,” Cally Guasti said.

The excitement quickly faded though when the trio found one envelope with a name on it.

They tracked the woman down, caller her and returned the cash.

"I'm like ‘I found a couch’ and then she's like ‘oh my God’, I'm like, ‘so what,’ she said ‘I left a lot of money in that couch,’” Werkhoven said.

The elderly woman who wants to remain anonymous told the friends she had been stashing the money in the couch for years.

Family members who didn't know mistakenly donated the couch.

"This was her life savings and she actually said something really beautiful like ‘this is my husband looking down on me and this was supposed to happen,’" Guasti said.

Weeks later the three friends can still feel the excitement.
  • U.S. & World NewsMore>>

  • Bodies of Malaysia jet victims to leave Ukraine

    Bodies of Malaysia jet victims to leave Ukraine

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:43 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:43:44 GMT
    Ukraine is preparing a departure ceremony for the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster, which are being flown to the Netherlands.[more]
    Ukraine prepared a departure ceremony for the bodies of Malaysia Airlines passengers and crew who became victims of fighting raging far below them on the plains of eastern Ukraine.[more]
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:36 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:36:44 GMT
    Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.[more]
    Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.[more]
  • House, Senate chart separate courses on border

    House, Senate chart separate courses on border

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:36 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:36:24 GMT
    Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal...[more]
    Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both...[more]
  • Stay Connected

  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on Twitter
Powered by WorldNow

WHDH TV 7NBC WLVI TV CW56
Sunbeam Television Corp
7 Bulfinch Place
Boston, MA 02114

News Tips: (800) 280-TIPS
Tell Hank: (855) 247-HANK
Corporate Media Services: (800) 642-1551

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WHDH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.