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.