Tossed-Out Money Found In Recycling Plant
June 20, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
NEW YORK, (UPI) — It took a search of a recycling plant, but a New York boy was reunited with his life savings mistakenly thrown away with an old computer, she said.
On return from a Boy Scout encampment, Max Becker, 12, noticed the central processing unit of his old computer was missing and informed his mother he had stored a coffee cup and a wallet, containing $300 and several gift cards, in it.
“I was so upset because it’s like all my money,” Max told the NBC “Today” show Tuesday.
His mother, Dorothy Ferrante, sent the computer tower away for recycling, and after a flurry of telephone calls, learned it had been taken to a recycling plant in Edison, N.J. After four days of searching through 700 scrapped computers at the plant, the money was located and returned, she said.
Max, appearing on the television show with his mother and recycling plant manager Jimmy Coe, was asked why he kept his money in an old computer.
“I was hiding it from my twin sister,” he said, loud enough to ensure his sister Drew, standing out of the camera’s range, could hear.