Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The smell of money: Romanians who hid 40,000 euro in thrown-out old shoes recovers some money

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (CP)

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian newspapers are reporting that a Romanian family who hid 40,000 euro ($57,768) in a pair of old shoes, then threw them away by mistake, has recovered the bulk of its savings.

Newspapers Evenimentul Zilei and Gandul reported Wednesday that a man from the city of Alba Iulia hid the savings in the shoes without telling his wife. The papers say the wife cleaned house before Christmas and threw the shoes away.

The papers reported that the couple informed police, who discovered that a woman found the shoes - and bought a 22,000 euro cottage. The family recovered 1,000 euro from the women and 19,000 euro from the people who sold the house. The woman who found the shoes will be investigated.

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