One week ago, a couple left CHF 144,000 in a bag on a tram in Basel. The bag was found and handed to the police by a public transport employee.
The couple were on their way to visit their daughter when they left a bag containing 144,000 francs in a tram. Once returned to the police it was then given back to the couple, much to their surprise.
According to Le Matin this act of honesty is not an isolated one in Switzerland.
Last year, a family from the canton Thurgau, who found a trail of money on the ground at Zurich airport, handed the CHF 1,400 they found to staff at a Swiss Rail counter.
An even larger sum was handed in in 2014. A man found a small black pouch on a tram in Geneva. Inside was more CHF 20,000. He took the pouch and its contents to the police.
Jean-Philippe Pittet, a spokesperson for Lausanne police, said “A few months ago a person handed in tens of thousands of francs. Money that has not yet been claimed.”
There are worse places to lose money than in Switzerland it seems.
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Full Le Matin article (in French)