Last week someone passing through Basel train station found an envelope when entering the station. To her surprise it contained 50,000 francs.
The woman who found the cash was a 22 year old from France. She went to the police station last Wednesday after finding the envelope on Tuesday.
According to Blick, The 22-year-old Frenchwoman found the envelope on Centralbahnplatz in front of the station before handing it in to the police. The envelope was then forwarded to the city’s lost and found office on Spiegelgasse.
Swiss law requires anyone who finds something that is clearly worth more than 10 francs to report it to the police (article 720B of the Swiss civil code) and hand it in, either directly to the owner, to the relevant lost and found service, or to the police.
In addition, the law obliges owners of lost items to reward those who hand them in. The requirement to give a reward is set out in article 722 the Swiss civil code. It says the finder is entitled to just reward, and reimbursement of related expenses. The code does not specify the amount of the reward, although 10% of the item’s value is often used as a rule of thumb. A generous finder can decline to accept the reward.
According to 24 Heures, a man from Bern left a Stradivarius violin worth several million francs on a bus between Bern and Thun in 2012. This was the most valuable item ever left on Swiss public transport.