Bike courier finds and returns almost $20,000
Last Updated: Monday, September 14, 2009 | 10:02 AM CT
A Winnipeg bike courier who found nearly $20,000 on top of an automated teller machine in a downtown Winnipeg office building got a $50 gift certificate for his honesty.
On Sept. 8 at about 11 a.m, Matt Magura stopped at the bank machine in the lobby of the Medical Arts Building on Kennedy Street to cash a GST cheque when he found the money.
He momentarily thought about how the money could help him, he said, but quickly shook off those thoughts, gathered up the stack of filled deposit envelopes, and took them to the Assiniboine Credit Union's head office on Main Street.
Magura said he was looking for a deposit envelope for his cheque when he noticed the filled ones sitting atop the ATM and could see cash through the holes in one.
"Maybe for about 15 seconds I thought it was the money bag off the back of the truck thing, [that] my problems are solved," he said. "But I knew there was no way that I'd be able to keep any money, right? It belongs to somebody."
It turned out the envelopes had been taken out of the ATM during a collection run by an armoured car company. They contained about $8,000 cash along with cheques for a little more than that amount, and had been bundled together but left behind.
The grateful bank gave Magura $50 gift certificate to Boston Pizza.
Magura said he was happy to get anything at all.
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