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Man returns thousands in found cash

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/22/20, 11:36 am

A Michigan man chose integrity over “finders, keepers.” After discovering $43,170 hidden in a used piece of furniture he had purchased, Howard Kirby searched out the original owner to return it despite a lawyer informing him that he had no legal obligation to do so.

Where did the money come from? Kirby bought a couch and ottoman, which contained the cash, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Owosso, Mich. The store told him Kim Fauth-Newberry donated the furniture, which had belonged to her late grandfather. Her grandfather was a frugal man, Fauth-Newberry said, who paid cash for almost everything. The store helped Kirby return the money last week. “I do what I can to be as much like Christ as I can, and this is the moral thing to do,” Kirby said. “This is going to help them. I’m so happy for them.”

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Andrée Sue Peterson’s reflections on the importance of integrity.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Wed, 01/22/2020 04:23 pm

    Uplifting news!

    Posted: Thu, 01/23/2020 12:29 am

    Thank you for sifting this wonderful story. Such a breath of fresh air...

  • GMR
    Posted: Thu, 01/23/2020 05:04 pm

    This is the power of Christ !

  •  bwsmith's picture
    Posted: Fri, 01/24/2020 01:16 pm

    I believe this act of integrity will be rewarded many times over in heaven. And it shines some lovely light here as well.  From BW Smith’s husband.

  • GP
    Posted: Sun, 01/26/2020 12:34 pm

    While admirable, I would think a good percentage of Americans would do what this person did.

    Perhaps not for a noble reason, but rather, feeling that --despite the lawyer's assurances -- there still might be some type of legal obligation to return that large sum of money and wouldn't want to find out the hard way.