An elderly couple have a habit of leaving an ang pow at home for anyone who might break into their house when they are away for the Lunar New Year celebrations, Guang Ming Daily reported.
The couple, both retired teachers from Wuhan, China, would leave an ang pow with 100 yuan (S$21.66) and a note, a habit they adopted more than 10 years ago.
The note would state that the couple understood the thief's situation and expressed hope that he or she would look for a job.
It was learnt that someone had taken the ang pow without ransacking their house in 2010.
This year, the couple prepared 300 yuan and this message: "Chinese New Year is coming soon. You must be missing your family members. We are retirees, so we do not have much money.
"Please accept the money and buy a ticket to see your family. After the celebrations, remember to look for a job."