At some time or another we’ve probably all been careless and left something behind. Especially on occasions when alcohol has played a part. But a passenger on a bus in Nagano managed to forget something rather more valuable than a book or a bag. Namely the princely sum of 4 million yen (20,000 pound) in cash.
Personally speaking, even when I’m safely on the train to the airport I continually check my pocket with neurotic zeal to confirm my passport is still there. Needlessly making sure it hasn’t defied the laws of physics and made an unexpected bid for freedom. So heaven knows what obsessive-compulsive disorder I’d end up suffering from were I to find myself in possession of 4 million yen. The owner of the money in question however was far more blasÃ©, as the cash was found casually abandoned in a plastic bag when the bus arrived at its final destination.
As of writing the careless and cash carrying passenger still hasn’t come forward, despite the incident making the news and the money being handed over to the police. Should the stash remain unclaimed for a total of 6 months and 14 days, it will tragically be given to the bus company. And arguably even worse, if the company refuses to accept it, the prefectural government will get the lot.