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Friday 9 December 2016

Recycling workers return €1,500 that was hidden in shoe

Costica Nedelcu of Panda found and returned €1,500 in cash belonging to a Panda customer with Alzheimer's who had hidden cash in an old shoe for safekeeping.
Costica Nedelcu of Panda found and returned €1,500 in cash belonging to a Panda customer with Alzheimer's who had hidden cash in an old shoe for safekeeping.

honest recycling workers returned €1,500 to a customer who mistakenly threw out the cash in a pair of old shoes.

The employees at Panda Recycling were surprised to discover the hidden stash as they were processing a skip used to clear out the home of a woman who has Alzheimer's Disease.

The money was found by worker Costica Nedelcu and returned by the company to a family member on Monday evening, said Panda Recycling spokesperson Paul O'Doherty.

"The member of staff was honest enough to report the money to his manager. It was easy enough to track down the family," said Mr O'Doherty.

The woman's daughter, who asked not to be named, said she was very grateful for getting the money back.

"It's a big relief and a pleasant surprise to get my mother's money back," she said.

"I'm very appreciative of Panda's honesty and professionalism in returning the cash."

"This is the second time in the last few months we've stumbled across a hidden wad of cash," said Mr O'Doherty. "It's important that people properly check items before they throw them into a skip.

"You'd be surprised by what valuables people toss out without realising it."

Previously, another Panda employee, Radu Hajdu, a Romanian national, discovered €2,775 at the company's recycling plant in Cappagh.

The honest worker was the toast of his colleagues when the money was returned to its rightful owner.

A woman whose father had recently died had used the skip to clear out his home. She was delighted with the honesty of the waste employees.

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Age Action's Eamon Timmins said it was a common occurrence for those with Alzheimer's to hide money and forget about it.

"We advise carers to be aware that valuables can be hidden in unexpected places so furniture or other unwanted items should be double-checked before being placed into skips," he said.

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