Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Family finds $45,000 in new home – then returns it

Josh and Tara Ferrin, left, turn over the bags of money to Dennis and Kay Bangerter Photo: AP

TELEGRAPH--A man in Utah discovered $45,000 (£28,000) stuffed into tins and boxes in the attic of the new home he had just bought – and gave the money back to the previous owner's six children.

Josh Ferrin was exploring the house he had just bought when he made the discovery.
"I freaked out, locked it in my car, and called my wife to tell her she wouldn't believe what I had found," said Mr Ferrin, who works as an artist for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City.
Along with his wife and children, they spread out thousands of notes on a table, separating the bundles one by one. They stopped counting at $40,000.
Despite being tempted to keep the money to help him pay for mounting bills and broken down car, Mr Ferrin sought out the children of the home's previous owner, who had died, and gave them the money.
"I'm not perfect, and I wish I could say there was never any doubt in my mind. We knew we had to give it back, but it doesn't mean I didn't think about our car in need of repairs, how we would love to adopt a child and aren't able to do that right now, or fix up our outdated house that we just bought," he said. "But the money wasn't ours to keep and I don't believe you get a chance very often to do something radically honest, to do something ridiculously awesome for someone else and that is a lesson I hope to teach to my children."

Vocabulary Words: Read the vocabulary words and the example sentences. Make your own sentence using the vocabulary word/s afterwards.

stuff (v.): fill; place or put
            She is going to stuff the bag with a lot of clothes.
tin (n.): a metal can
            The tin is full of garbage.
attic (n.): a space found directly below the roof of a house or other building
            The woman lives in an attic.
explore (v.): to investigate; to examine; to travel into
            I’m going to explore Europe after graduation.
freak out (v.): to become frightened, nervous or wildly excited
            Mr. Smith freak out after seeing a snake at his house.
mounting (adj.): very large/big (like a mountain)
            I will wash the mounting dishes.
sought (v.): past tense of seek (look for something)
            I sought for my wallet and I fount it.
outdated (adj.): very old-fashioned; old
            His car is outdated.
radically (adv.): completely; thoroughly
            He radically changed his opinion.
ridiculously (adv.): extremely silly or unreasonable
            Making money in those days was so ridiculously easy!
awesome (adj.): great
            My trip to Hong Kong is awesome.

Comprehension check: Answer the questions based on the article.
1. Where and how did the man find the money?
2. What did the man do when he saw the money?
3. What did he do to the money?
4. Why did he return the money?

Agree or Disagree: Explain your answer.
1. Money is the most important thing in the world.
2. I will return a large sum of money if ever I find it.
3. We should always be honest.

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