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.


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