Waste Collection Agency Finds $25,000 Stashed in Discarded Freezer and Returns the Money


After an Ohio family accidentally threw away $25,000 in a discarded freezer, a local trash company found the money and returned it.

This happened after a customer had called Republic Services saying she lost something important in the garbage. It ended up being $25,000 in cash.

“They were cleaning out their house for their grandmother and they cleaned out the refrigerator, threw out all the garbage, grabbed all the freezer stuff and put it in a bag, and then the grandma was like, ‘Hey, there’s an envelope with $25,000 in there, don’t lose that,’ and she’s like, “Grandma, I already lost that, it’s in the garbage!” said operations supervisor Gary Capan the News 5 Cleveland.

They then got to work, in search of the missing money.

“One team was trying to track down the driver and find out exactly what his location was and if he made it to the landfill yet,” said Capan.

The driver hadn’t dropped his load at the Oberlin, Ohio landfill yet, so the team arranged to get the truck dropped off at their recycling center. Once the driver arrived and dumped out the waste in his truck, 10 workers began searching, until Dan Schoewe found the cash in a bag.

“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 the money,” said Schoewe. “They were so happy they were tearing up.”

The employee’s incredible teamwork left the family so happy and grateful. “Makes us feel good here. Made myself feel good. I was like, ‘yeah that’s awesome.’ What a great story. And we’re just glad to help,” Capan said.

Recommended Posts