A cleaner, who found a bag filled with 15kg gold bars worth over R9.7 million, said he never had a second thought about handing it in to the authorities. He first thought it may belong to a mechanic as it looked like it contained tools.
Taher Ali Maqbool, who spotted a bag filled with 15kg gold bars worth millions of Rands, said he never had second thoughts about keeping the money.
The bars stuffed in the blue wheelie suitcase would fetch R9 774 196 ($698,339) at current market prices.
Taher Ali Maqbool spotted it in the corner of a multi-storey car park in the Al Sabkha area of Deira, Dubai, as he cleaned the floor during a late shift last week.
“It was very heavy. I thought at first that the bag belonged to a mechanic because it looked like a box that contained tools,” Maqbool, who has worked in the UAE since 2013, disclosed in an interview.
“But it was unusually heavy. We kept it aside because we thought someone would come to collect it.”
The security guard on duty then asked Maqbool to open the bag in case it contained information about the owner.
“We were shocked to find so much gold, no wonder it was so heavy,” he said.
The Roads and Transport Authority presented Maqbool with a certificate to recognise his honesty and integrity. He also received a reward.
When he called home to tell his family, his father said they did not expect anything less from him.
“My father told me that there could have been billions inside the bag but I did the right thing to give it back,” he said.
“My family is poor, my father worked as a labourer, but he has always taught us to return what did not belong to us.”
There have been several instances of workers and taxi drivers returning lost money and gold.
Briefly.co.za gathered it is not known why the bars of gold were left in the car park. The suitcase has since been handed over to the police and no one has claimed ownership yet.
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