One Georgia Goodwill shopper is taking home a mug worth far more than they bought it for.
Mother Lindsay Preiss was cleaning out her house when she encountered her son's souvenir Mickey Mouse mug.
Not realizing what her son, 27-year-old Devon Silvey, kept inside, she donated the cup...to Devon's horror when he found out.
It turns out the Mickey Mouse mug held some of Devon's cash: $6,500 total. When she found out about what she'd given away, Preiss wasn't too happy:
"(I feel) like the worst mom in the world. I mean I feel terrible."
@wsbtv So she didn’t think the mug had some weight to it?— Von (@Von)1548692239.0
The series of events which led to Devon's money being in the mug made up a perfect storm of unfortunate coincidence. He sold his car for cash on a Sunday, when banks were closed.
Rather than keeping the money in his new car, Silvey decided to hide the money away in his parent's house since he was in the process of moving.
@wsbtv been there and done this! yikes...I feel her pain!— garfieldwatch (@garfieldwatch)1548706774.0
Obviously, Silvey is a little bit frustrated with how things have turned out:
"At first I thought it was a joke or a prank or something like that. She thought I was upset about the mug being gone, which, I miss the mug as well, but what was inside was a little more important."
@wsbtv This is a prime example of why you do not bother other peoples items. Mom should have had a pile of things f… https://t.co/XCimNyjHOa— J Love (@J Love)1548712198.0
Goodwill staff tracked the mug to the store in Conyers, Georgia.
Security footage shows a clerk pricing the mug and placing it on the shelf...where it was later purchased by a very lucky customer.
@wsvn Lol, my mom did the same with a 91 autographed Jordan jersey. I feel your pain kid.— Mr. Friendly (@Mr. Friendly)1548812242.0
Preiss is now begging whoever purchased the mug to bring its contents back.
"We would be very, very thankful if you brought it back. I'm just asking someone to please have it in your heart to do the right thing and give it back."
@wsbtv Family should ask Goodwill who washed the mug before shelving it. No one would put it on the shelf w/o check… https://t.co/dvHcyNtmaE— Richard CoeurdeLion (@Richard CoeurdeLion)1548713162.0
Twitter was cringing over this family's bad luck.
@ABC Whatever GoodWill employee unpacked that box just quit. https://t.co/azcGQ81xuS— Flag on the Play 🇺🇸💓🌈 🌊 (@Flag on the Play 🇺🇸💓🌈 🌊)1548616739.0
@Newsweek I don't know how you hide that much money in a mug, but however it's hidden it's obviously well hidden. I… https://t.co/BmAzT1iaQt— Mark W Felt (@Mark W Felt)1548686654.0
@Newsweek What’s more embarrassing, that she donated a mug without looking inside or that she didn’t teach her son… https://t.co/5xrPBr5hAJ— Typo Artisan (@Typo Artisan)1548686237.0
@ABC Now that I think about it, my day could be worse.— Bryn Aarstad (@Bryn Aarstad)1548624769.0
Along with the feeling of having done the right thing, the mug's purchaser can also enjoy a slightly smaller cash reward for returning the mug!
How could anyone pass up on a deal like that?
@ABC Please Lord let them get this back.🙏— Tracy (@Tracy)1548639830.0