Looks like this family's conscience was working overtime!!!
Earlier this week, Salt Lake City man Josh Ferrin and family closed a deal on a new home. When Josh entered the garage, he found a hatch, climbed inside, and pulled out a metal box…which contained A LOT of money!
Here's what Ferrin had to say about it:
"I freaked out, locked it [in] my car, and called my wife to tell her she wouldn't believe what I had found."
After that, he found more boxes filled with money, and in total he discovered $40,000 in boxes and $5,000+ dollars on a table in the hatch.
More from Ferrin:
"I'm not perfect, and I wish I could say there was never any doubt in my mind. We knew we had to give it back, but it doesn't mean I didn't think about our car in need of repairs, how we would love to adopt a child and aren't able to do that right now, or fix up our outdated house that we just bought. But the money wasn't ours to keep and I don't believe you get a chance very often to do something radically honest, to do something ridiculously awesome for someone else and that is a lesson I hope to teach to my children."
Here's what Ferrin had to say about the previous owner Arnold Bangerter, who passed away and left the house to his children:
"I could imagine him in his workshop. From time to time, he would carefully bundle up $100 with twine, climb up into his attic and put it into a box to save. And he didn't do that for me."
Sure enough, Josh returned the money to its rightful owners. Here's what Kay Bangerter (one of the rightful owners) had to say about it:
"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. He was a saver, not a spender. [This is] a story that will outlast our generation and probably yours as well."
And more from Ferrin:
"I'm a father, and I worry about the future for my kids. 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."
Good for you, Josh! That's certainly an extremely noble, selfless, and karmatastic thing to do, which begs this question:
Would U have done the same thing as Josh? Or would U have kept the money?
…Answer honestly! LOLz.