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Vietnamese veteran returns lost assets to foreign tourist

Monday, April 08, 2019, 16:07 GMT+7
Vietnamese veteran returns lost assets to foreign tourist
Tran Van Thanh (center) poses for a photo with two British tourists at his house in Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Van To / Tuoi Tre

A poor veteran from the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh is being hailed for returning a backpack containing valuable assets to a foreign tourist after recovering it from the side of a street on the weekend.

Tran Van Thanh, 54, came across a black backpack lying by the roadside on Saturday afternoon.

He stopped to check it and found many valuable assets, including VND23 million (US$1000) worth of cash, a mini recorder and some passports, inside the bag.

Thanh immediately had his daughter post photos of the items on her personal Facebook account, hoping to find their rightful owner.

A group of British tourists saw the post and found their way to Thanh’s home to claim the lost possessions.

After verification, Thanh’s family agreed to return the backpack to them.

Rupert Toms, owner of the assets, said he and his friends from the UK were going on a trip in Vietnam when they lost the backpack along the way.

He also expressed his gratitude to Thanh, a financially challenged father of five who is noted by local authorities to have done creditable things despite his poor living conditions.

The British tourists take photos with locals after receiving their lost backpack from Thanh. Photo: Van To/ Tuoi Tre.

The British tourists take photos with locals after receiving their lost backpack from Tran Van Thanh. Photo: Van To / Tuoi Tre.

Last month, 52-year-old tailor Nguyen Van Loc from Binh Dinh Province also ran across a bag on the sidewalk of National Highway 1 while traveling to work.

In the bag were expensive technical devices, VND50 million ($2174) worth of cash in both Vietnamese and foreign currency, and identification documents of a Danish guy named MikKel Bay Florin.

Loc managed to establish contact with the owner via Facebook and eventually had the chance to return all the lost assets to the Dane.

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