Several news sources reported this story in May 2011. Josh Ferrin had just bought a house when he found $45,000 in small bills, squirreled away in the attic of the garage. The previous owner Arnold Bangerter had died a few months earlier, and the house was sold by his children. Ferrin was ecstatic over his find until his wife said they should return the money to its “rightful owners.” He agreed and gave the money to Bangerter’s heirs, who said that their father sometimes hid part of his savings in the house. Ferrin didn’t feel right keeping the money even if he were legally entitled to it. What exactly was Ferrin’s ethical obligation?
Contributed by John Hooker
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