This story begins back in August of 2011, when a young janitor discovered a small fortune hidden in the garbage bin of a toilet stall he was tending to.
Chamindu Amarsinghe was a student from New Zealand who was working as a cleaner at a TV company’s corporate office in Sydney, Australia, when he came across the bin packed with $50 and $100 bills.
“There was too much to count. I thought someone was playing a prank on me. But when I touched the notes…I realized it was real money,” Amarsinghe told reporters.
He said the thought of taking the money for himself never crossed his mind.
“I just thought, ‘That’s not my money, so I can’t take it away. I don’t know what the hell this money is doing here.'”
He also said that he was afraid of the cash.
“Someone could have put it there and planned to come back for it. I didn’t want them to come back for it and find it gone and them come after me,” he said.
As soon as he found it, Amarsinghe contacted his supervisor immediately.
Police and plumbers arrived on the scene, removing more than A$100,000 from the single stall – with almost A$1,300 discovered in the piping.
Unsurprisingly, no one ended up claiming the cash. Investigators dropped charges against one suspect in the case of the missing money, and the investigation didn’t lead anywhere else.
It was this week, almost three years after Amarsinghe found the cash stash, that he received a phone call. Now, the money he found is his.
Melbourne magistrate Michael Smith ruled that Amarsinghe will get to keep A$81,597 of the money retrieved.
“There’s no reason why such honesty shouldn’t go unrewarded,” Smith said.
“All the guys in the office felt the same. He’s a struggling student who straight-up didn’t even think of pocketing it,” said Daniel Thorne, who was the lead investigator of the case.
Amarsinghe, who is now back in New Zealand studying IT, plans to use the money to help his family, he will donate some to a Buddhist temple in Australia, and will give some as a charitable donation.
(H/T Herald Sun)
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