Bus conductor returns lost $45,600, rewarded with 2 packets of snacks

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A Bangkok bus conductor returned a backpack containing Bt1.12 million (S$45,650) in cash to its owner on Sunday.

Sumon Mathidol, 50, reported the discovery to Mueang Samut Prakan police Sunday afternoon, wanting it recorded that she'd returned the bag to its owner, a gynaecologist from Chon Buri's Si Racha district.

Daily News reported that the relieved physician, who was not named, rewarded the bus conductor with two packets of snacks.

The doctor had apparently withdrawn the cash that morning to transfer it to a bank in Samut Prakan's Mueang district.

He took a bus from Si Racha to Bangkok and at the Bang Na intersection switched to air-conditioned bus No 511 on which Sumon was the conductor.

When he disembarked in Samut Prakan, he forgot about the bag sitting at his feet, only realising his mistake when he went to the bank to deposit the money.

The doctor went to the bus depot on Soi Crocodile Farm and was reunited with Sumon and his cash.

Sumon told police she'd found the bag while tidying the bus at the terminus and turned it over to the depot chief while she reported her fare sales to the cashier.

The depot chief found the cash inside and asked her to be a witness while he counted it.

The two were trying to figure out how to contact the owner when the gynaecologist arrived with his bank passbook as proof of ownership.

Sumon and the doctor took the depot chief's advice and together notified police of the incident.

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