Honesty really does pay

May 13th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

What would you do if you found a wallet in the street? Would you take it to the nearest police station, or keep the money and discard the rest? Well, it appears honesty is the best policy as a cleaner that came across a stash of cash got to keep some!

Back in August 2011, Chamindu Amarsinghe was going about his job, cleaning the ground floor toilets of Australian television network Channel Nine’s Docklands headquarters. He was about to empty a sanitary bin when he realised it was stuffed with money.

According to the Herald Sun, to the cleaner’s amazement, the receptacle was filled with $50 and $100 bills totalling $100,000 (£55,673).

Last week, Mr Amarsinghe found out that a magistrate ruled that he could keep $81,597 of the treasure as nobody had come forward to claim it. The rest, $19,500, will go to the state.

He told the newspaper: “There was too much to count – I thought someone was playing a prank on me. But when I touched the notes – all yellow and green – I realised it was real money.”

Instead of keeping the find to himself, honest Mr Amarsinghe immediately informed his supervisor. It wasn’t long before the police and a plumbing service were on the scene to carry out a search and uncovered a further $1,000 stashed in the pipes. 

Law enforcement confiscated the money until they could carry out an investigation to try and uncover its origins, but they were never able to establish where it came from and nobody came forward to stake a claim to it.  

The Herald Sun reports that this was when Mr Amarsinghe received a call to say he could keep the majority of his find.

“I was speechless,” he told the newspaper.

The ruling magistrate and Detective Senior Constable Daniel Thorne, who investigated the case, believed his honesty shouldn’t go unrewarded.

“All the guys in the office felt the same. He’s a struggling student who straight-up didn’t even think of pocketing it,” the police officer said. 

So it appears that honesty is really the best policy.