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Envelope with $3k left behind in restaurant

WHO DO THESE BELONG TO? Ms Wu, a waitress, picked up the envelope from the floor at A-One Claypot House in Causeway Point on Sunday. She passed the money to the restaurant manager.


    Oct 01, 2015

    Envelope with $3k left behind in restaurant

    DID you dine at a restaurant in Causeway Point on Sunday and leave behind $3,000 in cash?

    If so, your money is still waiting for you - and you have an honest waitress to thank for it.

    The 37-year-old, who wants to be known only by her surname Wu, had been cleaning tables on Sunday afternoon at A-One Claypot House restaurant when she spotted an envelope on the floor.

    She opened it and found three $1,000 notes inside, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.

    "I saw an open envelope under the table, with a bundle of coloured paper. I thought it was rubbish left behind by a customer," Ms Wu told Wanbao.

    "I picked it up and took a closer look, only to find that it was cash. Fortunately, I did not throw it away," she said.

    Ms Wu, who came to work here 10 years ago from China's Liaoning province, said this is the first time she has seen a $1,000 note.

    She tried looking for the customers who had been dining at the table. But they were nowhere to be found, so she passed the money to the restaurant manager.

    "It's not mine, so of course I can't take it. Also, I don't know if the owners need it urgently, so I hope they will come and claim the money quickly," she said.

    A customer who knows Ms Wu told Wanbao: "Three thousand dollars is not a small sum. The fact that she did not take the money is really commendable."

    Restaurant manager Alex Woo, in his 30s, told My Paper yesterday that he believes the money was left behind by a man and two women, according to the outlet's closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage.

    The group were the last to dine at the table before the envelope was found. They looked to be in their 30s or 40s, said managing director of A-One Claypot House, Richard Ter.

    Mr Woo said that no one has come forward to claim the money, and that the restaurant has measures in place to ensure that the claimant is indeed the rightful owner.

    Wanbao understands that restaurant staff would match the identities of claimants with CCTV footage.

    If no one claims the money within 90 days - that is, by Dec 29 - the restaurant will donate the cash to charity. The eatery gives to charity once a year, in December.

    The rightful owner of the cash can claim it from A-One Claypot House on the third floor of Causeway Point or e-mail it at

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