Janitor gets to keep $80K he found in a toilet as reward for honesty

A college student who worked part-time as a janitor and discovered more than $100,000 in a toilet bin, was entitled to keep $81,597 an Australian magistrate ruled.

Two and a half years ago, Chamindu Amarsinge discovered wads of  bills in $50 and $100 denominations in a toilet’s sanitary bin at the TV station where he worked. So startled that he at first thought it was a prank, he then realized the money was genuine and called police. Together with a plumber, they pulled out the astonishing amount, according to the Huffington Post.

A lengthy investigation turned up no leads, and Judge Michael Smith ruled that “such honesty should not go unrewarded.” He gave 20 percent to the government, and 80 percent to Amarsinge.

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Detective Senior Constable Daniel Thorne told the New Zealand Herald Sun that “He’s a struggling student who straight-up didn’t even think of pocketing it.”

The young man who cleaned up said he would donate some of the money to the disabled and some to a Buddhist temple.

Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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