Taxi drivers sometimes find fat wallets left in the back seat by forgetful passengers. Domestic helpers?

Here is the unusual story of a Filipina who found a bundle of cash in a plastic bag in her employer's garden last Thursday (Jan 30).

It was the eve of Chinese New Year, and what a fat hongbao the cash would have made for her.

At dawn, she was just starting on some washing at the back of the semi-detached house in the Guillemard area when she heard a few thuds in the garden.

A neighbour had thrown some plastic bags over.

dumpmoney2.14What a find! Money in bills as large as S$1,000 were found in a plastic bag thrown into the garden by a neighbour. Photo courtesy of reader. 

Curious, the maid, who is in her late 20s and has worked for about four years with the current employer, went to check them out.

She caught sight of cash in one of them, and hastened into the house to tell her employer about it.

policereportThis police document itemises the money and mobile phone recovered.After weighing the unusual circumstances and considering, especially, the large amount of cash that seemed to be in the bag, her employer decided to call the police.

In the garden, the police counted S$20,000 in S
$1,000 bills and S$569 in various smaller denominations.

There were also RM13,800 (comprising 276 pieces of RM50 notes) and RM59 in smaller denominations.

In the midst of the counting, the son-in-law of the man who had thrown the money arrived after being contacted.

The total haul was counted to be the equivalent of S$26,000. And in other bags, there were his mobile phone, passport, identity card, EZ-Link card and family photographs too.

It is unclear why the man had thrown over the money and personal belongings.

The employer, in recounting the episode to NextInsight today, said: "I think my maid should be commended by the police and the public for her honesty. She didn't succumb to temptation, and serves as a good example of honesty." 

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Comments  

#5 dr 2014-02-08 17:01
it shows that singaporeans are growing older and more senile so can buy hospital/medica l stocks.
#4 chrisliu 2014-02-07 12:50
what in the world has this got to do with investing in the stock market
#3 fifi the cat 2014-02-07 08:28
I would then donate the money to an animal rights activists, like Animal Australia or Sea Sheppard which strive to protect animals around the world.

Purrrrrrrr..... ...
#2 Megaman 2014-02-07 00:31
Quoting Kris:
From the article, it's clear the people knew who threw the $ over into the garden. But what if the money were a much smaller amount (say, $2,600) and it was found in a plastic bag near a food court rubbish site??? Can one quietly take it away as one's hongbao? Or should one report it to the police?


Legally speaking, you should report any money you find lying around to the police or take it to the nearest police station. If you do not, you may be liable for committing Dishonest Misappropriatio n of Property under s.403 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 (see especially Explanation 2, illustrations (a) to (f)). If however, after "reasonable" efforts are made to discover and give notice to the owner and a "reasonable" time passes, then it may be possible to legally use the money for yourself (see Explanation 2).
#1 Kris 2014-02-04 18:34
From the article, it's clear the people knew who threw the $ over into the garden. But what if the money were a much smaller amount (say, $2,600) and it was found in a plastic bag near a food court rubbish site??? Can one quietly take it away as one's hongbao? Or should one report it to the police?

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