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South Korean janitor may get to keep gold bars he found in trash bin

/ 07:23 PM May 02, 2018

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A South Korean janitor may end up taking home bars of gold worth $327,000, or about P16 million, if the owner doesn’t step forward.

The janitor found the cache of gold bars, weighing 1 kilogram each, in a garbage bin individually wrapped in newspaper. Police believe the gold was discarded for fear of being caught, reports The Korea Times.

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Authorities said they had identified the Korean owner of the gold bars. However, if the owner doesn’t come forward, the janitor gets to keep the stash as per a “finders keepers” law.

On the flip side, the janitor could also go home with nothing if authorities discover the gold is tainted or was used in criminal activities.

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If the owner does show up, the janitor still gets five to 20 percent of the gold cache’s market price. This should amount to around $16,300 to $65,000, or around P840,000 to P3.3 million, according to South Korea’s “lost articles act.”  Alfred Bayle /ra

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