Man returns money after finding $43,000 in couch he purchased at thrift store

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OWOSSO, Mich. (CNN) – What would you do if you found $43,000 in a piece of furniture you purchased from a thrift store?

It happened to one Michigan man, and he decided to return all the cash.

Howard Kirby purchased a couch from a Habitat for Humanity in December for his man cave, when he made a shocking discovery. The couch was filled with thousands of dollars in cash.

“I still have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming or something,” he said.

Kerby said he had the ottoman for a few weeks before noticing it was uncomfortable. That’s when his daughter decided to open it up.

“That’s when she started pulling out this,” Kirby said.

A total of $43,170 was found in the ottoman cushion.

Kerby said he didn’t feel right keeping the money. So, he reached out to the store to find out who had donated the couch.

It turns out, it was Kim Fauth-Newberry. The couch originally belonged to her grandfather, who died last year.

“It’s just crazy,” Fauth-Newberry said.

Kirby said an attorney told him he had no legal obligation to give the money back, but he felt he had to for moral reasons.

That is something Rick Merling, the ReStore manager, thinks is heartwarming.

“To me, this is someone that despite what they’re going through – and in spite of their own needs – says ‘I’m just going to do the right thing,’” Merling said.

Kirby said he could’ve used the money – he needs a new roof badly – but he feels better knowing the money is in the rightful hands.

“I always thought, ‘What would I do if that ever happened?’ Now I know, and it makes me feel good,” Kirby said.

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