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Man Who Received $3,500 By Mistake Returns It To Rightful Owner - After Buying Himself Some Beer

Man Who Received $3,500 By Mistake Returns It To Rightful Owner - After Buying Himself Some Beer

The honest fella just wanted a few dollars for some booze

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

A man who received an accidental payment of $3,500 (£2,735) through payment app Venmo did the honourable thing and returned it to its rightful owner... after splashing out on a case of beer for himself. Well, every good deed needs a reward, doesn't it?

Trevor Harwood, from Ionia in Michigan, received an unexpected payment through Venmo while playing a round of golf with his dad and said he didn't recognise the name of the person who sent the money.

The cash had been sent by a man called Isaac Nowak, who had actually meant to send it to a completely different Trevor Harwood, a man he was buying a camper van from.


Speaking to WZZM 13, Nowak says the Harwood he was dealing with, who lives in Utah, had suggested using Venmo for the transaction, which he agreed to.

However, he says it was 'like instant nausea' when he realised he'd sent it to the wrong bloke. I think that's putting it mildly.

Nowak got in touch with Michigan Harwood - as I shall henceforth refer to him - to tell him of the mistake. He then endured what I imagine was a pretty rough seven hours before getting a response.

According to WZZM 13, Michigan Harwood joked with Nowak that he would return the cash but that he would take a cheeky $20 (£15.63) to buy himself some beers.

Fair's fair, and clearly knowing a good deal when he sees one, Nowak agreed.

Honest Michigan Harwood told the news outlet: "I had to put myself in his shoes. That's a lot of money. It could have been his life savings or all he had. Deep down, I knew that was the right thing to do." What a good egg.


Meanwhile, Nowak is just relieved to discover there are still some decent people out there.

He said: "He had every right to just keep the money. The way it ended up means there are good people in the world."

There you go, faith in humanity restored and all it took was 20 bucks for a crate of beers.

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Topics: US News, Alcohol