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What would you do if you happened to find $45 thousand dollars cash in the attic of a house you just bought?

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM
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Well, ask Josh Ferrin of Salt Lake City, Utah. After purchasing a home for his family, Ferrin had a major “eureka” moment when he just happened to be rummaging around his new digs and decided to search the attic.

As he walked into the garage, a piece of cloth that clung to an attic door caught his eye. He opened the hatch and climbed up the ladder, then pulled out a metal box that looked like a World War II ammunition case.

“I freaked out, locked it my car, and called my wife to tell her she wouldn’t believe what I had found,” said Ferrin, who works as an artist for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City.

Then he found seven more boxes, all stuffed full with tightly wound rolls of cash bundled together with twine – more than $40,000.

Ferrin quickly took the boxes to his parent’s house to count. Along with his wife and children, they spread out thousands of bills on a table, separating the bundles one by one.

They stopped counting at $40,000, but estimated there was at least $5,000 more on the table.

Ferrin is now faced with a decision: do I keep it or do the right thing?

After most of the money was counted, Ferrin called one of Bangerter’s sons with the news.

Kay Bangerter said he knew his father hid away money because he once found a bundle of cash taped beneath a drawer in their home, but he never considered his dad had stuffed away so much over the years.

“He grew up in hard times and people that survived that era didn’t have anything when they came out of it unless they saved it themselves,” Kay Bangerter, the oldest of the six children, told the Deseret News. “He was a saver, not a spender.”

Bangerter called the money’s return “a story that will outlast our generation and probably yours as well.”

“I’m a father, and I worry about the future for my kids,” Ferrin said. “I can see him putting that money away for a rainy day and it would have been wrong of me to deny him that thing he worked on for years. I felt like I got to write a chapter in his life, a chapter he wasn’t able to finish and see it through to its conclusion.”

by on May. 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM
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owensmom34
by on May. 21, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Give it back.  It would be on my conscious.

mommasboyz17
by Member on May. 21, 2011 at 2:38 PM
Wow that was very gracious of him to return it. Thhere is alot of people in the world who wouldn't. Its hard to say what I would do to be honest lol.
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findingserenity
by on May. 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM
thumbs up!
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rivercharm
by on May. 21, 2011 at 2:43 PM

 I would probably keep some and return some (If we are being honest here) ***

sweetsurprise13
by on May. 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM

well i guess if like him I had just bought the house then I would give it back but if is were years and years and years later then keep it.

Kmakksmom
by on May. 21, 2011 at 5:37 PM

that's awesome.

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