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Eatery owner in north central Vietnam returns lost bag with US$43,300 inside

Eatery owner in north central Vietnam returns lost bag with US$43,300 inside

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 11:34 GMT+7
Eatery owner in north central Vietnam returns lost bag with US$43,300 inside
Tran Dinh Quang (left), owner of an eatery in north-central Nghe An Province, returns the bag with nearly VND1 billion inside to a diner after the latter left it in the eatery. Photo: Tra Giang / Tuoi Tre

After leaving an eatery in the north central province of Nghe An three hours earlier, a local resident of Hanoi felt a surge of panic when he realized he forgot his bag containing nearly VND1 billion (US$43,300) at the eatery.

Fortunately, he later received his bag with the money inside remaining unchanged from the owner of the eatery on Phan Chu Trinh Street, Vinh City, Nghe An Province.

Local officials of Doi Cung Ward in Vinh City last week confirmed that the local authorities had received a report that an eatery owner on Phan Chu Trinh Street returned a bag with nearly VND1 billion inside to a customer.

As the owner gave back the money to the customer on a day off for the Hung Kings’ death anniversary (April 10), the local authorities could not witness the event.

The owner of the eatery was identified as Tran Dinh Quang, aged 36.

As shared by Quang, when his store was nearly empty on the afternoon of April 10, his staff discovered a black leather bag while they were cleaning the facility.

Nearly VND1 billion in cash contained in the lost bag. Photo: Tra Giang / Tuoi Tre
Nearly VND1 billion in cash contained in the lost bag. Photo: Tra Giang / Tuoi Tre

After making sure that the bag belonged to none of his family members, Quang opened it and saw nearly VND1 billion in cash inside.

There were no identity cards in the bag.

By checking his store’s security camera, Quang found out that the bag belonged to a diner who visited the eatery in a group.

After this customer left his bag on the table, several other groups of diners came to the store and sat at the same table, but no one touched the bag.

As that day was a national holiday, Quang did not report the issue to the authorities. Instead, he posted the story on a social media platform, hoping that he could find the owner of the bag to return it.

“Around three hours later, a man contacted me to confirm his lost bag and asked to get it back,” Quang said.

The bag owner is T.A., who had arrived in northern Ninh Binh Province before realizing that he lost his bag.

Having remembered the place where he left the bag, A. immediately returned to Nghe An.

Based on a security camera video and A.’s description of his lost bag, Quang confirmed that A. is truly the owner of the lost bag.

The bag owner said when he was on a holiday trip, he took the money alongside to make a deposit on a land transaction but left it at the eatery.

Fortune smiled on him as he finally got the bag back from the store owner.

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Minh Duy - Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre News

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