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A $20 couch turned out to be worth a whole lot more for a group of New York college students. They purchased the lumpy couch from a thrift store, but were shocked when they began to investigate why the sofa was so uncomfortable. The students found money in envelopes stashed in different parts of the couch. The total added up to almost $40,000, and the friends instantly started discussing what they could do with the money, until they found a deposit slip in one envelope. The students tracked down the owner and returned the money to her. The owner was a 91-year-old woman who didn’t trust banks, and her family had donated the old couch while she was in the hospital. The woman gave the three students a $1,000 reward. When asked why the friends returned the money, one of them, Reese Werkhoven responded, “It wasn’t a debate, we immediately reached a consensus that this is her money.”

—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

New York college students find $40,000 in $20 couch from thrift store, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/15/new-york-college-students-find-40000-in-20-couch-at-thrift-store, Accessed May 15, 2014.

Proverbs 10:9 (HCSB) The one who lives with integrity lives securely, but whoever perverts his ways will be found out.

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