Her attempt to Marie Kondo her house saw her son lose nearly $9000 in savings!

A US mum’s decluttering spree has gone horribly wrong after she donated $9000 of her sons savings by accident. Hidden inside a travel mug, Lindsay Preiss had no idea that when she donated the mug, she was being a little more generous than she intended…

A Big Mistake

When her son Devon discovered the mug was missing, Lindsay couldn’t understand why he was so upset until he told her what was inside. “I feel like the worst mum in the world,” said Lindsay. “I mean I feel terrible!”. Twenty seven year old Devon had recently sold a car and couldn’t believe that his mum had donated the mug during their moving house clear out. “At first I thought it was a joke or a prank or something like that,” he said. “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.” We’re glad to see that Devon has his priorities straight…

Offering A Reward

Once Lindsay realised her mistake, the family headed to the thrift store in question only to find that the mug had been sold making one unsuspecting customer $9000 richer in the process. The family are now urging the person who bought the mug to come forward and are offering a reward – albeit less than the amount of cash – for their honesty. “We would be very thankful if you brought it back,” Lindsay said. “I’m just asking someone to please have it in your heart to do the right thing and give it back.”

We can only hope that whoever bought the mug is willing to return it – contents and all!

Have you ever made a donation that you regretted? Share your story in the comments!



  • Oops! Have to be careful when donating….


  • I have a feeling the money would have been discovered before the mug went on sale. They would have to have checked it first


  • You just hope that the mug is purchased by someone who is in need of the money


  • Oh my that’s a large amount of money she must feel awful. I have never regretted making a donation, when I can spare it I want to pay it forward


  • The article doesn’t way that the mug was in his room. I agree it was possible but he may have hidden it in another room in the back of a cupboard and his Mum thought he no longer wanted it. I wonder how long the money had been there.


  • Oh the poor thing. Bank accounts are the place to save money!
    My mum has said though, to never donate her clothes without first checking the pockets!


  • I haven’t had any op shop regrets this bad! I’ve given clothes to the op shop that I later regret lol, but nothing to this extreme! The poor son.


  • Somehow I doubt that this young man will get the mug back intact. Moral: Don’t hide things without letting someone [mum] know.


  • Oh my goodness, that must have been very upsetting ! Hope they get it back.


  • I hope he gets it back.


  • They are very lucky! Money should go in the bank and earn interest.


  • I hope who bought it is honest enough to retu the money,how devastating!


  • I’m confused. Did this mug have a lid? Why didn’t the son bank all that money? Wouldn’t the charity shop volunteers check the condition/contents of the mug before selling it? So many questions …


  • your son is 27 years old why the heck are you cleaning out his stuff, I would be furious, I hate people touching my stuff


  • Oh my goodness! Pays to check everything. Before throwing it out.


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