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(WWLP)   Millennials don't always suck: Roommates buy lumpy couch from Salvation Army, find $40K stuffed inside, locate original owner...and give money back   (wwlp.com) divider line 79
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2014-05-16 12:12:10 AM
"It's not our money, said Werkhoven, of New York City. "We didn't have any right to it."

They don't teach "finders keepers" in school anymore either?  Stupid kids.
 
2014-05-16 12:16:20 AM
Good kids.

I remember some parting words from the math teacher in high school.

Ok, I don't remember the exact words, but the sentiment was along the lines of "Remember, people think your generation isn't going to succeed, prove them wrong.  Also, don't be surprised when your generation says a younger generation sucks and isn't going to succeed..."

//born in 80, not sure what that makes me really since it's that fuzzy time between Gen X and Millennial(according their respective wikis).
 
2014-05-16 12:50:29 AM
I would be so bummed to find that deposit slip. My conscience would not have allowed me to not follow it. I guess that means I would be doing the right thing, but I would have still been praying for finding a dead end associated with the contact info.
 
2014-05-16 01:39:54 AM
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2014-05-16 02:55:27 AM
I was going to say that if you forgot about the 40k in your couch, then tough luck.

but then i read the article...

"The woman's family had donated the couch to the Salvation Army while she was having health problems. "

in other words "grandma is going to die, lets go through her shiat!"
 
2014-05-16 02:58:42 AM
FTFA: But it was a lumpy old sofa stuffed with $40,000 in cash that had three young roommates raising a ruckus.
And here's the other side of the ticket: They returned the money to the 91-year-old widow whose couch had been given away.


That's one seriously old drug dealer.
 
2014-05-16 03:00:42 AM
Props.  I don't know if I would have gone that extra mile, but it was definitely the right thing to do.  Not a big believer in karma, but this group have a huge amount on the positive side of their ledgers.
 
2014-05-16 03:02:23 AM
That's a down payment on a halfway decent house.
 
2014-05-16 03:02:36 AM
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2014-05-16 03:03:59 AM

log_jammin: I was going to say that if you forgot about the 40k in your couch, then tough luck.

but then i read the article...

"The woman's family had donated the couch to the Salvation Army while she was having health problems. "

in other words "grandma is going to die, lets go through her shiat!"


Probably more like "Jesus, grandma's house is a complete FEMA / EPA Superfund disaster area. She hasn't thrown anything away since the Reagan administration. We've got to get rid of some of this shiat while she's safely out of the picture. For her own damned good."

Or was that just my own grandma?
 
2014-05-16 03:11:31 AM

hamfast gamgee: Props.  I don't know if I would have gone that extra mile, but it was definitely the right thing to do.  Not a big believer in karma, but this group have a huge amount on the positive side of their ledgers.


A huge amount of positive Karma and a nickle will get you...well, nothing.  What the fark do you think this is, the fifties?
 
2014-05-16 03:14:46 AM
The only people who think millennials suck leave their lawn everywhere...

... or are rightfully pissed off we left a mess for them.
 
2014-05-16 03:15:27 AM
STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID

These must have been rich kids. The economy is such a broken, steaming pile of excement that this is the only rational explanation for their actions. If they are not rich, then they are completely unprepared to live in this world.
 
2014-05-16 03:15:50 AM
Me? I'd keep that money and......

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2014-05-16 03:16:34 AM
Being completely honest here - I'd keep it. I would have felt some guilt pangs, but I would assuage my guilt with copious amounts of high quality weed and some ice cold rum.
 
2014-05-16 03:17:58 AM
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What will Mr Roper think?!?
 
2014-05-16 03:18:01 AM
Am I a schmuck if I say I'd have kept the clams? 'Cause honestly, I would have. Until I saw the damned deposit slip... And even then, I dunno.
 
2014-05-16 03:20:50 AM
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Finding large amounts of money like that can create... tensions for roommates...
 
2014-05-16 03:23:47 AM
I would think that finding that much money stuffed into furniture is a sign that the money is illegal income...
 
2014-05-16 03:26:04 AM
Every time I see one of these stories, I can't believe it.

I'm convinced I'd rationalize keeping it by convincing myself that anyone who had that much cash was a drug dealer.
 
2014-05-16 03:27:10 AM

Stephen_Falken: These must have been rich kids


Generally speaking, rich kids don't go to SUNY New Paltz when Vassar and Bard are right there across the river.
 
2014-05-16 03:28:17 AM

andychrist420: "It's not our money, said Werkhoven, of New York City. "We didn't have any right to it."

They don't teach "finders keepers" in school anymore either?  Stupid kids.


This.  Where's the dumbass tag?

Dumbass for buying a used couch.  Dumbass for not keeping the money.

If I found $40,000, I'd keep it with no apologies to anyone.  I'd only be worried about the drug dealers that lost it.
 
2014-05-16 03:31:08 AM
I would keep it and then I would do...

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2014-05-16 03:31:49 AM
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2014-05-16 03:32:26 AM
That's funny, i watched this on the local 5 o'clock news broadcast. And it was advertised all day long...
 
2014-05-16 03:33:09 AM
40k would knock out all my oustanding debt and then some, or it would be down payment on a house or it would pay off both cars, whatever. These are the things that would be going through my mind. Sorry, G'ma, I really think I'm gonna keep this.
 
2014-05-16 03:43:31 AM

Emposter: A huge amount of positive Karma and a nickle will get you...well, nothing. What the fark do you think this is, the fifties?


I look at it like this: I would have given back the money, because, damn, I wouldn't want to lose 40 big ones like that. But then again, sometimes, your situation is so damned dire, you need 40 grand ASAP to start a new life for yourself.. Or to save a loved one, Or, most popular of all, just to be a giant greedy happy throbbing dick. So sorry grandma, you shouldn't lose track of your cash like that, because hey, somebody might not give it back. And that's the way of the world.
 
2014-05-16 03:58:00 AM

fusillade762: [lintvwwlp.files.wordpress.com image 512x446]

What will Mr Roper think?!?


"why are those two women living with that gay dude?"
 
2014-05-16 03:59:21 AM
40k? Bah, my bonus was bigger.
 
2014-05-16 03:59:28 AM
boomers would have kept the money, put a blanket on the couch and resold it for 3x the original cost, then sued the thrift shop for contaminating their home with bed bugs.
 
2014-05-16 04:00:16 AM
Very nice and honest of the kids to return the money.  But The lady should have given the kids a reward at the very least?  Why?  Because when she passes on FEDGOV will get 50% of that money out of the relatives.  That is if the relatives don't pilfer it between now and her passing.
 
2014-05-16 04:08:01 AM

Emposter: FTFA: But it was a lumpy old sofa stuffed with $40,000 in cash that had three young roommates raising a ruckus.
And here's the other side of the ticket: They returned the money to the 91-year-old widow whose couch had been given away.

That's one seriously old drug dealer.


Or someone that grew up during the 30s and doesn't trust banks, even 80 years later.
 
2014-05-16 04:08:13 AM

Wessoman: Emposter: A huge amount of positive Karma and a nickle will get you...well, nothing. What the fark do you think this is, the fifties?

I look at it like this: I would have given back the money, because, damn, I wouldn't want to lose 40 big ones like that. But then again, sometimes, your situation is so damned dire, you need 40 grand ASAP to start a new life for yourself.. Or to save a loved one, Or, most popular of all, just to be a giant greedy happy throbbing dick. So sorry grandma, you shouldn't lose track of your cash like that, because hey, somebody might not give it back. And that's the way of the world.


But it's not 40,000 "big ones".  It's 40,000 "ones" which by themselves are actually quite small, but 40,000 of them together is more than a lot of people (perhaps most people?) make after taxes.
 
2014-05-16 04:20:08 AM

wookiemonster: Very nice and honest of the kids to return the money.  But The lady should have given the kids a reward at the very least?  Why?  Because when she passes on FEDGOV will get 50% of that money out of the relatives.  That is if the relatives don't pilfer it between now and her passing.


There is an estate tax exemption of over $5 million, so in all likelihood, money passing to her heirs would have been tax free. But I do agree that the kids should be given a nice big reward.
 
2014-05-16 04:21:15 AM
I'd give it back, and I'm a cyncial biatch, like some of you here.

However, I'd want to keep it until I have no choice. I'd make every effort to know that the money belongs to a nice person - I'd check who that person is, I'd stalk them, I'd make sure it's not illegal, or it's frivolous rich dick's money etc. Only after that, I'd give it back willingly and feel good for doing so.

Any doubts, fark you, here comes the hookers and blow!

/good on the kids for doing the right thing
 
2014-05-16 04:59:02 AM

wookiemonster: Very nice and honest of the kids to return the money.  But The lady should have given the kids a reward at the very least?  Why?  Because when she passes on FEDGOV will get 50% of that money out of the relatives.  That is if the relatives don't pilfer it between now and her passing.


In a different article I read earlier, she gave them a grand.
 
2014-05-16 05:07:50 AM

Atomic Spunk: wookiemonster: Very nice and honest of the kids to return the money.  But The lady should have given the kids a reward at the very least?  Why?  Because when she passes on FEDGOV will get 50% of that money out of the relatives.  That is if the relatives don't pilfer it between now and her passing.

There is an estate tax exemption of over $5 million, so in all likelihood, money passing to her heirs would have been tax free. But I do agree that the kids should be given a nice big reward.



dnrtfa but the article I read said she gave them $1000 each.


Danger Avoid Death: log_jammin: I was going to say that if you forgot about the 40k in your couch, then tough luck.

but then i read the article...

"The woman's family had donated the couch to the Salvation Army while she was having health problems. "

in other words "grandma is going to die, lets go through her shiat!"

Probably more like "Jesus, grandma's house is a complete FEMA / EPA Superfund disaster area. She hasn't thrown anything away since the Reagan administration. We've got to get rid of some of this shiat while she's safely out of the picture. For her own damned good."

Or was that just my own grandma?



I think it was more like "hey, let's surprise her with a nice new sofa when she gets home," and then she was "that's great dumbasses but I kind of wish I still had the one with my life savings in it" and then they "oh fark oh fark someone already took it home from the Salvation Army" and then the nice college kids showed up "we found money and stuff" and she "here's enough to buy your own nice sofa kiddos."
 
2014-05-16 05:21:35 AM
Well one thing seemed for sure, that pile of milk cartons didn't need to stay around no more.

/too obscure?
 
2014-05-16 05:22:54 AM
Fark that.
 
2014-05-16 06:00:23 AM

Shazam999: 40k? Bah, my bonus was bigger.


I think your bosses may have inflated the value of the hot cocoa sampler box they gave you.
 
2014-05-16 06:03:21 AM

loaba: Am I a schmuck if I say I'd have kept the clams? 'Cause honestly, I would have. Until I saw the damned deposit slip... And even then, I dunno.


Yeah that's about where I stand.
 
2014-05-16 06:03:43 AM
If you stuff 40K in your couch and I end up with that couch then I'm sorry to say you can kiss the money and the couch goodbye.
 
2014-05-16 06:05:30 AM
Reminds me of something slightly familiar within my family. Long story short, my parents found a set of personal letters between a husband and wife that dated back to WWII that they believed to have been thrown away. My dad kept them because he was a history fan but years later he decided to toss them while cleaning his garage out in preparation for a move. I didn't like the idea of tossing personal letters, so I took them to a coworker who liked WWII memorabilia. Another coworker suggested finding the original owners. A few phone calls later, I tracked down the couple's daughter, who said that the mom had recently passed and that the letters were never meant to be tossed and that she had somewhat frequently mentioned them in the past. So the letters got sent to their original family, who were greatly appreciative. She was understandably slightly skeptical about my parents' story about finding them in a dumpster (my parents was part of a group that used to scavenge from dumpsters of the very rich and found several pricey items), but relaxed after I didn't ask for any financial recompense.
 
2014-05-16 06:17:33 AM

Atomic Spunk: wookiemonster: Very nice and honest of the kids to return the money.  But The lady should have given the kids a reward at the very least?  Why?  Because when she passes on FEDGOV will get 50% of that money out of the relatives.  That is if the relatives don't pilfer it between now and her passing.


There is an estate tax exemption of over $5 million, so in all likelihood, money passing to her heirs would have been tax free. But I do agree that the kids should be given a nice big reward.


There won't be any money to tax.

At the old lady's age, what'll happen is that the nursing home will get that money and Medicaid will claw back anything that's left.

She should've kept this on the DL and quietly paid some of the kids' tuition. Now she's farked, even if the local dirtballs don't start sniffing around her home to see what else might be theft-worthy.
 
2014-05-16 06:47:07 AM
91-years-old and in the hospital? That's game over, man. She's not going to need it.
 
2014-05-16 06:55:53 AM

fusillade762: [lintvwwlp.files.wordpress.com image 512x446]

What will Mr Roper think?!?


Dude seriously better be gay or plowing one of those girls.
 
2014-05-16 07:15:16 AM
In the words of the late Rick James, fark yo couch nubian!
 
2014-05-16 07:18:14 AM

andychrist420: "It's not our money, said Werkhoven, of New York City. "We didn't have any right to it."


It'd be great if we could get all liberals to think this way.

/flame on
 
2014-05-16 07:23:27 AM
I'm so sick of these articles making out that simple honesty is somehow heroic. To do anything other than return the money would have been theft.
 
2014-05-16 07:30:14 AM
You're not thinking like a true capitalist boomer, kids.

You take the $40k, you plant it down on the derivatives market, short sell against a company about to slash 30% of its payroll for outsourcing and automation, and walk away with a cool million. Then you park that cash in an offshore account so Uncle Sam can't get a taste.

That's how it's done. If you'd learn than then you could be a true American like your mom and dad.
 
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