CUMBERLAND — Dave and Carol Hall were unloading their box-type truck of assorted items outside the Queen City Flea Market on Franklin Street on Friday morning without a clue that they were about to make the discovery of a lifetime.
As one of up to 50 vendors inside the North End flea market at the former Bennett Transfer building, the Short Gap, W.Va., couple sells furniture and assorted items daily.
Moving items in and out into the basement area of the three-story building is a routine occurrence.
Friday, unloading the truck suddenly became anything but routine.
“We went to unload our truck that we had loaded earlier in the week. There was a wooden fireplace with a bar on top and we turned it over to take it off the truck and saw a pouch sticking out of one of the corners,” said Carol Hall. “There was more than $50,000.
“We called the lady where we picked up the furniture and told her and she came down later in the morning and picked up her money. She doesn’t want her name in the paper,” said Carol Hall.
Roxanne Thompson, manager of the Queen City Market, saw the bundles of cash just after the Halls made the discovery.
“They told me what happened and I thought they were joking. I saw the money. They found $50,000. They were telling the truth,” said Thompson.
Carol Hall said the owner of the cash was pleasantly surprised when told about the money.
“We told her, ‘You better get down here and get it.’ We’re honest people,” said Carol Hall. “She was really nice. She gave us a cake and gave each of us $100. That was really nice.”
The Allegany County woman who is now $50,000 richer said, “I am so grateful they were honest and that’s why I felt a reward was due. This whole day has been more than I can take it. I’m just praising the Lord over the whole thing.
“It’s also pretty scary that I didn’t know the money was here. If there had been a fire, it would have been destroyed. Of course, I wouldn’t have known it was even here in that case.”
Jeffrey Alderton may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.