“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Well, that’s not the case if the “trash” was accidentally thrown away.
One family in Ohio threw their grandma’s $25,000 stash into the trash and thought it was too late to get it back.
Luckily for them, the trash company that found the freezer doesn’t practice “finders keepers.”
The elderly woman had kept $25,000 in cash in her freezer, without telling anyone. Her relatives, who helped her clean her kitchen tossed out the freezer along with some expired frozen veggies.
The freezer has already been discarded when grandma told her family not to misplace the envelope with the money in it. But her warning came too late. The trash had already been collected and her treasure is on its way to the landfill.
The family hurriedly contacted Republic Solid Waste Services to ask for help and told them about grandma’s missing treasure.
The trash company hoped that the truck has not offloaded at the dumpsite.
“The bulldozers… immediately start smoothing it out, pushing it into the hill, dropping dirt on it and start covering up the process of the landfill,” Republic operations supervisor Gary Capan told Cleveland’s ABC News-5. “…We do that in a nonstop process [so] if it got dropped there, there’s no finding it anymore.”
Fortunately, the truck driver had yet to make the drop-off. The truck was diverted to a nearby recycling center where its six-ton cargo of garbage was disgorged on the tarmac, and a crew of 10 stalwart workers immediately began sifting through the mountain of refuse in search of the buried booty.
“[I] couldn’t believe it took 10 minutes and actually, I said, ‘Man, it looks just like that,’ pulled it off, opened it up and there was the package inside with the money. They (the family) were so happy, they were tearing up,” Dan Schoewe, operations manager at the recycling center told News-5. “It’s rare that we can find something for somebody, so this is like the biggest one I’ve seen in 30 years.”
A happy ending, indeed.
Source: New York Post