Student Returns £1,000 After Finding It In Pair Of Trainers She Bought On Ebay

A 19-year-old student found £1,000 in bank notes inside a pair of trainers that she had bought on eBay, but then immediately sent the money back to the seller.

Be honest, how many of you would do that? Imagine what you could do this month with an extra grand in your back burner.

Ella Gilman, however, is a better person than many of us can claim to be. She sent the cash back to the distressed seller within 25 minutes.

She found the notes stashed inside the shoes that she had purchased from the online auction site, but instantly got in touch upon discovering them and had them returned. The seller said that she had restored her "faith in humanity" with her actions.

Credit: MEN Media
Credit: MEN Media

The seller in question, Laura Hazeldine, from Brighton, wanted the world to know that Ella is a decent sort of person after she was left distraught upon realising that the money was gone.

She said: "She had the money in my account within 25 minutes of speaking to me. I am just absolutely blown away.

"It means so much more to me than just returning the money."

So, to prove that one good deed deserves another, she sent Ella some vouchers, and completely refunded the cost of the trainers. Not quite £1,000, but it's nice to be nice, eh?

Credit: MEN Media
Credit: MEN Media

Laura continued: "I want to figure out a way of thanking her and I'm hoping there's a festival or restaurant which will be able to do something nice for her.

"If I was wealthy, I'd do more for her. I'm going to contact her university because people should know what a genuine person she is. She's one in a million.

"I don't think that many other people would have contacted me to say they had found £1,000 in a trainer. She even sent me a photo of the bank receipt."

Laura Hazeldine. Credit: MEN Media
Laura Hazeldine. Credit: MEN Media

So - the real question - what was £1,000 doing in a pair of trainers. It's not as exciting as you might think. In fact, Laura had just saved up the money, but missed closing time at the bank. Needing a safe place to keep it, she shoved it inside the shoes.

Her hiding place proved to be so safe that she completely forgot where it was - imagine being able to do that.

Luckily, Ella caught on and she is now reunited with the precious cash.

Ella Gilman. Credit: MEN Media
Ella Gilman. Credit: MEN Media

Ella, for her part, is humbled by the reaction that she has received. She said: "My reaction when I saw the money was shock. I opened the shoes and found an envelope stuffed in the shoe, thinking she had just stuffed the shoe to keep them from creasing.

"I thought, if I had lost that substantial amount of money, I would hope someone would return it to me also.

"I was glad I had returned the money, to see how grateful Laura was and how upset she was without the money.

"I was also really surprised that Laura refunded me the money for the shoes."

Well, Ella, I'm sure that your mother is very proud of you. As well she should be.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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