(iWIDK By Nina Hoffman) – Would you return $114,000 to an owner that was thoughtless enough to throw it away?
Junk Collector Leo Guarente made the find of his career after stumbling upon $114,000 in savings bonds that were locked in a chest marked for garbage disposal.
Guarente, owner of Junk Depot, was cleaning out the house of Medford woman Marie Veloso’s recently deceased mother when he discovered the 21 saving bonds, with a date mark from 1972.
At the time the bonds cost $20,000, but in today’s money are worth a significant amount more.
Despite the temptation – Guarente told reporters at The Boston Globe he hasn’t been on vacation in 10 years – he had no doubts about returning the money.
“I did not think for one minute I was going to keep the money. I sleep well at night” Guarente said.
Cameras were on hand to capture the moment Guarente delivered the bonds back to Veloso.
The shocked woman can be seen visibly reeling back as Guarente breaks the news.
“Shocked. Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed,” she told WCVB of the discovery.
Her brother told reporters that the money was like a gift from heaven from their mother.
Guarente, who has been flooded with positive mail since the event, plans to use the story as the basis in a pilot for a show he is pitching to networks called “Trash to Cash”.