West Bend - When Larry Hoffman went shopping at the Goodwill store in West Bend on April Fools' Day, he
was looking for a bargain, not a treasure.
There was treasure, though, in the bargain that he
found: $2,000 in cash inside the pocket of a secondhand shirt.
No one would have ever known if Hoffman
had kept the money.But he
gave it back.
"If there's a one-tenth of 1 percent chance that somebody's going to claim it," Hoffman
said Wednesday, "they should have that opportunity."
The rightful owner has 90 days to claim the money.After that, Hoffman
can claim it.Hoffman, 69, a former sales engineer who lives in West Bend, said he's a regular customer at the Goodwill store in town.
"Being retired, it's a habit of mine to stop in and peruse for bargains," he
bought the shirt on April 1 and tried it on when he
got home.Wouldn't you know, it was too small.Then he
found the cash stuffed in the pocket. Hoffman
returned to the store later that day, not fretting long about what to do.
"The money certainly wasn't mine.It belonged to somebody else, obviously," he
Goodwill has no way to trace where the shirt came from, so a few days after Hoffman
returned the money, Johnson called West Bend police, who took a report on April 5.
wife, Charlotte, didn't learn about the entire episode until hearing a telephone message from a reporter who had seen the police report.He
agreed with his
decision, and there wasn't really any reason to tell her
- unless he
had found money that he
That's still a possibility in the case of the $2,000.If no one claims the money after 90 days, Hoffman
can claim it - otherwise, it goes to the city.Hoffman
'll worry about that decision if and when he has to make it.In the meantime, he's
comfortable with what he's
done so far.
"When we were kids, it was always 'finders keepers, losers weepers,' " Hoffman