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Honest German returns bag with 16,000 euros

/ 05:44 PM December 28, 2019
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A 63-year-old man in Germany had a very Merry Christmas indeed after an honest finder returned the backpack he had forgotten under a tree — filled with presents and 16,000 euros ($17,700 or over P900,000) in cash.

The 51-year-old finder alerted police after stumbling upon the bag near the center of the western city of Krefeld shortly before midnight on Christmas Eve.

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Officers were able to quickly identify the owner and reunite him with the backpack and its precious contents.

The man who found the bag “refused a finder’s fee, because it was Christmas,” Krefeld police wrote on Facebook.

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“There really are people who do good deeds over Christmas,” they added.

In Germany, anyone who returns a found object is entitled to a finder’s fee based on the value of the item. In this case, the finder would have been 490 euros ($470 or about P27,700) richer if he had accepted the reward.

The police’s Facebook post sharing the feel-good story attracted over 1,000 likes and nearly 180 comments, although some expressed surprise that anyone would walk around with so much cash.

A Krefeld police spokesman told Agence France-Presse Thursday that while it was “unusual,” the backpack’s owner had said “he felt safer” carrying his money on him. RGA

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