Man Finds $98K in $150 Craigslist Desk, Returns It

    November 11, 2013
    Josh Wolford

In man, I guess people aren’t all bad news, a New Haven, Connecticut Rabbi has returned a woman’s entire inheritance after he found it in a bag inside a desk he purchased on Craigslist.

Rabbi Noah Muroff and his wife purchased a desk for $150 on the online classifieds site, only to find that it wouldn’t quite fit through their office door. Upon deconstructing the desk to make it fit, the Muroffs found a plastic bag filled to the brim with $100 bills. After laying all the cash out on a table and counting it, they discovered that their $150 purchase had come with a secret stash that totaled $98,000.

“My wife and I both knew immediately that we would return it,” Muroff told WTNH. When I was picking up the desk, the lady, who wasn’t Jewish, told me that she had bought the desk at Staples and put it together herself. We knew the money was hers and she was speechless when we called her to tell her we had found it.”

Yep, they returned it. Every dollar. Humanity +1.

The woman said that the money was her inheritance and that she had hidden it and forgotten about it. She forgot about $98,000?

Muroff received a handwritten thank you note for his kind and honest act:

I can not thank you enough for your honesty and integrity. I do not think there are too many people in this world that would have done what you did by calling me. I do like to believe that there are still good people left in this crazy world we live in. You certainly are one of them. I work in the non-profit sector and I see people with hardships and struggles every day. So I truly believe that no good deed goes un-noticed. Please accept this gift for you & your family along with my thanks. I will be forever grateful.

So she did pay out a reward. Muroff did not disclose the amount, but he did say that when the relieved woman learned that he had four children, she upped it.

Hooray! People don’t suck!

Image via WTNH, YouTube


Josh Wolford
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