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#1 Hum

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 23:54

A Texas man thought he was being charitable but ended up being a little too generous: Included in a pair of shoes donated to Goodwill were his and his wife's life savings.

A Goodwill worker who was arranging recently donated items came across something stuffed inside a black loafer: a wad of 33 $100 bills.

The employee alerted Richard Lopez, who set aside the cash for seven days to see if someone would claim it. Lopez told local news station KPRC, "We have policies here at Goodwill. We want to make sure we're doing the right thing."

The "good will" of the workers worked. According to KPRC, Clarence Cope was at the store on the day a woman from Galveston came in to claim the cash, which she described in detail. "She was so grateful," he said. "She was crying."

She explained that her husband had not been aware that the old shoe had served a valuable purpose in the closet, more piggy bank than pump.

"We were so happy that we were able to get the money to the right person," Cope added.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 00:04

I'd think by now, Goodwill would just automatically search thru clothes donations, maybe before the donors leave.

Or ask the donors if they searched.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 00:06

Not much much of a life savings.

Good thing they got it back though :D


Not anymore, no. But if they work jobs where they only make minimum wage, no health benefits, and live check to check, 3300$ to them is like 33 billion to billy gates

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 00:16

A nice policy to have, as this couple will attest.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 00:23

Not much but some people really struggle to save. My life saving are nil at the moment! I'd be glad with 3300 (Even though its worth even less in £)
So glad they got their money back, I would've been pretty pi$$ed had I read that the store kept it!