A Southern California woman received far more than she bargained for after bringing home a set of sofas she bought on Craigslist. The woman found over $36,000 in cash hidden in one of the couch cushions.
Vicky Umodu of Colton, Calif., says it all started when she started looking on Craigslist for furniture for her new home.
“I scrolled down and saw free items,” Umodu explained, “So I clicked on it, and the first thing I found was this family who wanted to donate a sofa, and everything in their bedroom set… I said maybe it’s a gimmick, so I called them.”
The family who gave the free furniture told him that a loved one had recently passed away and they were liquidating the entire property.
“I just moved in and I have nothing in my house. I was so excited, so we picked it up and brought it,” the woman said.
Taking a closer look at her new furniture, Umodu discovered what she thought was a heating pad hidden inside one of the cushions.
But when she unzipped the sofa cushion, she discovered several envelopes filled with money.
“I was just saying to my son, come on, come on, come on! I was screaming, it’s money! I have to call the guy,” Umodu detailed.
Umodu said she never hesitated to return the money and immediately called the family, who told her they had discovered other species hiding in the rest of the house. The family did not know why their beloved, an elderly man, would hide so much money in his sofa.
The money amounted to $36,000 in total.
To thank the woman for her honesty, the family bought her a new refrigerator and gave Vicky $2,200.
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