SAITAMA (majirox news) — A benefactor left a wad of 10 million yen (around $135,000) in cash in a toilet at Sakado City Hall in Saitama prefecture together with a note saying “let the people of Tohoku use this,” Sakado officials said.
Sakado officials announced the find on Sept. 28, saying that if the benefactor did not have a change of heart and came forward to reclaim the money, they would donate the cash to the Japanese Red Cross.
“We’re moved at this very valuable request from a citizen,” Sakado Mayor Hitoshi Iri said.
City officials said a government employee found the cash and note in a multi-purpose toilet on the first floor of City Hall on Sept. 22. It was wrapped in a plastic shopping bag. The note read: “I’m all alone. Please let the people of Tohoku (the victims of the tsunami) use this.”
City officials believe the money was left in the toilet by an elderly man.
Police said that if the person who left the money in the toilet can be identified it cannot be recognized as lost property. The city will, however, in accordance with the law, hold the cash for three months after which time the city will be entitled to claim the cash if the rightful owner does not do so.