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article imageMan who found $100,000 in disabled toilet allowed to keep $80,000

By James Walker     May 9, 2014 in Odd News
Cleaner Chamindu Amarsinghe found over $100,000 in cash in a disabled toilet he was cleaning and has been granted permission by a judge to keep $80,000 of his find.
He was rewarded for his honesty as magistrate Michael Smith said "there is no reason why such honesty should go unrewarded." The $50 and $100 notes were found in a bin and in the plumbing of a toilet cubicle at the Channel Nine Docklands building in Melbourne, Australia in 2011.
Amarsinghe decided that it would be better to notify his supervisor of the cash stash than to pocket it. It wasn't just the magistrate who recognised his honesty: investigating police commented on how he's a struggling student who straight-up didn't even think of pocketing it despite having troubles with money.
Police haven't managed to determine how the money ended up in the toilet at Channel Nine and the investigation has now come to an end with today's announcement. Amarsinghe will get a total of $81,597 to spend and the remaining funds will go to the Australian state. Upon receiving the phone call confirming he could keep what he had found, Amarsinghe is reported to have said "I'm really, really lucky" — voicing what many worldwide are feeling. He later added "I'm not going to waste it."
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