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Published: Wednesday, May 18 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

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dueling banjos
salt lake city, ut

now if all those grave robbers down south would have just thought the same. There would be a few more good men walking around...like this good man said " you can't let yourself think that way! Teach your children well!!

Ogden, UT

This family has more than honesty going for them.

The desire to stumble into a fortune is a part of many peoples fantasies. However there is a problem with that way of thinking. Getting something for nothing is not a healthy way of thinking. It is associated with greed and covetousness.

When we reap what we sow, when the gains we get are from hard work, we increase our self worth. When we get something for nothing it takes a little bit of our dignity away.

This family was not only honest, they did not let greed rule their decisions, or even let the money tempt them. I say good for them! They lost nothing but gained a lot from the experience.

Linda A
Orem, UT

The government thanks you. They will be shortly to collect their 80%!!

Salt Lake City, UT

Hope this makes the national news. A great lesson in honesty and the values this entire country use to adhere too.

Rexburg, ID

God tests us in so many ways, doesn't he?

Salt Lake City, UT


There is a huge difference between buying bonds, gold, or currencies and buying a lottery ticket, but thanks for playing.

Bountiful, UT

when the financial system cracks and suddenly you find out banks are closed, you can't cash your checks, cash bonds, 401K, cds, etc., and you can only buy groceries with the cash you have at hand, what are you going to do? People from the depression era learned the lesson the hard way. Church recommends to have not only food storage but some cash aside for this kind of emergency.

You would be amazed how church leaders gave that advise very strongly in some 3rd world countries and years or months later, it happened.

Salt Lake City, UT

Good for them!

City, Ut

What a legacy of hard-saved cash for Mr. Bangerter to leave for his family.

And what a legacy of character for the Ferrin's to give to their sons.

Older Reader
Tooele, UT

What a fantastic lesson in honesty for all of us. I would hope most people would return it.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

To Oh My Heck!

My parents came through the Depression and DO trust banks. They saved, like Mr Bangerter and took money to the bank after receiving every paycheck.

Now, they have $1.2 million dollars in various insured accounts (spread among high-rated banks). They are 91 and 92 years old.

They were more afraid of people breaking into their home, than of the banks.

Because they're deemed newsworthy, it gives the impression that honesty is rare.
In my experience, honesty is the rule.

Most Truthful and Patriotic
Layton, UT

Linda A: can you explain your comment "The government thanks you. They will be shortly to collect their 80%!!"

Unless this estate totalled more than one million dollars, there are no estate taxes. It's an inheritance that passes through the estate into the survivors.

Sandy, UT

Since this is "found money" for Mr. Bangerter's survivors, I feel the story would have even a more perfect ending if they put, say, $10,000 into an account designated for house repairs and fix-ups for the new owners.

My parents encouraged me, 45-50 years ago, to save two-dollar bills, silver dollars, half-dollars, and other "valuable" coins since one day in my future they'd "be worth something". All these years later, they are: the two-dollar bills are worth $2, the silver dollars are worth $1, the half-dollars $0.50, etc. Dont't know why I keep them...


Thanks for the story. Made me think, what would I have done? I honestly don't know if I would have given it back. Thanks for the inspiration to be better.

Weber State Graduate
Clearfield, UT

The best part of this story is the teaching opportunity it provided to these young boys...our future leaders.

Bountiful, UT

We have lived near the Bangerters for nearly 20 years. They were wonderful people who were much loved in the community. No one who knew them is surprised that this money was hidden there.
Ferrin family, you are amazing. Can't wait to get to know you!!!

Ogden, UT

After reading this story and all the comments I have come to a different conclusion than most of you.

This story is not about honesty, or covetousness, or how to invest money. It is about loving your neighbor as your self. This was an act of love.

Orem, UT

@utesovertide/underallPAC12opponents: We were discussing honesty in the face of temptation -- not investing. See if you can stay on topic. :)

West Valley, UT

To Linda A: The Government does NOT take 80 % of anyone's money. Top rate is now much lower than 40 % thanks to George W. Bush tax cut for the rich.

BTW, wouldn't it be heart warming if the Bangerters gave the honest man AT LEAST $ 5,000 for not keeping the money?

Provo, UT

I remember sitting around the lunch table in high school (not all THAT long ago) discussing a similar topic with my friends: "If you found a wallet with money in it, what would you do?" My friends all said, "I'd keep some of it. After all, I deserve a 'reward' for even telling the owner about it. Then I'd call them and tell them to come get their wallet." The only two people at the table who said they would return the wallet with its contents intact and not expect, ask for, or accept a "reward" were me and my sister. We weren't brought up that way. It isn't my money, and honesty is rewarded in its own way, not with a payment in cash. I'd sure love a few extra bucks, but that isn't the way to go about it.

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