A man who accidentally recycled his life savings managed to get back all but $320 of it, and the story of how it got away from him and back to him is a wild one. The unnamed Oregon man accidentally recycled a Vans shoebox on Thursday that held just north of $23,000, reports the Lost Coast Outpost. By the time he figured out what he had done, the box was en route to a Recology recycling facility in Humboldt County, reports the Press Democrat. Recology services more than 1 million homes in Washington, Oregon, and California, and though workers were told to keep an eye out for the box, as the facility's general manager Linda Wise put it, "the odds of finding [it] are not much better than a needle in a haystack." And yet they did.
A worker saw it coming down the sorting line. Some $22,940 of the cash had managed to stay in the box on the Ashland-to-Humboldt journey. The man reportedly made that same journey—a 200-mile one, per the AP—on Saturday to collect it. Had it not been spotted, the cash's fate would have been a gloomy one. Wise tells the Mercury News the shoebox was part of a paper load that was bound for the baler. (Read more strange stuff stories.)