$98,000 cash found in desk bought on Craigslist


New Haven, Connecticut Rabbi Noah Muroff bought a desk he found listed on Craigslist and ended up discovering a bag filled $98,000 cash stuffed inside the purchase. Rabbi Noah told WTNH News 8 that when he got the piece of office furniture home, "The desk didn’t fit into this office by fraction of an inch.” He and his wife attempted to take the hinges off his office door, but that didn’t help. So they unscrewed the desktop and noticed something unusual. "Behind the drawers there is this plastic bag, like a shopping, I’m talking about. And in that bag, I could already see through the bag, there’s it looks like a hundred dollar bill,” said Rabbi Noah. He continued, "We open it up and it's full of cash. We count it up and there's $98,000 cash sitting in the bag…Right away my wife and I sort of you know looked at each other and said, ‘We can't keep this money.’"

The Muroffs knew that the money belonged to the original desk owner, who said that she bought the furniture from Staples and assembled it herself. So Rabbi Noah called her and explained his find. The original owner, identified only as “Patty,” was speechless on the other end of the phone only able to say, "Ohmy gosh, because I... oh my God." Vosizneias.com reported that Patty knew she stored the money she inherited, in the desk, but she was unable to find it when it fell behind the desk’s filing drawer. She assumed that the money was somewhere else in her home when she couldn’t locate it and sold the desk never thinking it still contained her nest egg.

Rabbi Noah, a father of four young children and also a ninth grade Rabbi at the Yeshiva of New Haven, brought his entire family along when he returned the money, believing it was an opportunity to teach his kids a lesson about honesty and truth. When they arrived, Patty refunded the $150 purchase price of the desk and also insisted that the rabbi accept reward money. She was overwhelmed with the family’s good deed and wrote a note saying, “I cannot thank you enough for your honesty and integrity. I do not think there are too many people in this world that would have done what you did by calling me,” ending the note, “I will be forever grateful.”

Rabbi Noah is one amongst several good samaritans restoring our faith in humanity. In August, Lakeisha Williams, a Stockton, California Goodwill employee was sorting through donations when she found an envelope containing $10,500 cash. She knew that she had to do the right thing and told KXTV News 10, "My concern was somebody was out that money, and I would have liked for them to get it back."

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Motivated BJ site profile image  

11/13/13 1:25 PM by Motivated BJ

I own a convenient store n people leave their wallets all the time. I have found up to 400 dollars and returned it next time they came in no problem. But for 98k I don't think I would

shaqitup site profile image  

11/13/13 1:09 PM by shaqitup

So essentially you gave a member of the bar staff a nice tip.

QTyp site profile image  

11/13/13 1:05 PM by QTyp

THISIt totally depends on who/where I got the desk from though. I'd be thinking about No Country For Old Men for quite a while.

Dirtyu D site profile image  

11/13/13 12:42 PM by Dirtyu D

Yeah, it's really difficult to say how you would handle that until you actually experienced it. But I know for a fact the financial standing of the individual in question would play a pretty big part in shaping my actions. And as shitty as it sounds, if the person was moderately wealthy, I would have no issue simply keeping it, imo

Motivated BJ site profile image  

11/13/13 11:19 AM by Motivated BJ

To be honest if I found that money I would think about giving it back know that I should but 110% sure I wouldn't

MMAdotCOM site profile image  

11/13/13 10:53 AM by MMAdotCOM

i would've kept 10% finders fee. does that make me a bad person?

BKViper site profile image  

11/13/13 10:14 AM by BKViper

He probably just hopes one day you learn the difference between "know" and "no". ;-)

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11/13/13 3:41 AM by xchrisbx24

I found a wallet that a guy lost at work one day. He must have been missing it for at least a week since it fell out of the dirty uniform bin on uniform day. It had about $150 in it, plus credit cards etc... Keeping it briefly crossed my mind and then my conscience got the best of me. I returned the wallet and I got the most lackluster and ungrateful "thank you" you could imagine, it almost insulted me. The dick could have at least bought me lunch! To this day I regret not taking the cash. The conscience is an awful thing.

kanotoa site profile image  

11/13/13 1:08 AM by kanotoa

I remember a guy that bought an old suitcase at goodwill, found 10k hidden inside, and was charged for theft when he refused to return the money.

JustPeed site profile image  

11/13/13 12:49 AM by JustPeed

An OGer made me see the world in a new light today, he wants know credit but he deserves it. Beside what he did to help me out, he made me see there are kind, generous people with amazing degrees of empathy out there. Thank you again.