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Saturday 10 December 2016

Panda worker returns €1500 hidden in shoe of woman with Alzheimer’s Disease

David Kearns

Published 01/04/2015 | 13:25

Panda Recycling worker Costica Nedelcu found the €1,500 Credit: Marc O'Sullivan
Panda Recycling worker Costica Nedelcu found the €1,500 Credit: Marc O'Sullivan

Panda Recycling has returned €1,500 to a customer after the cash was thrown out in an old pair of shoes.

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Surprised workers came across the hidden stash as they were processing a skip used to clear out the home of a woman with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The money, which had been hidden in an old shoe, was returned to a family member on Monday evening said Panda Recycling spokesperson Paul O’ Doherty.

“The member of staff was honest enough to report the money to his manager. And once we’d ruled out the commercial skips, it was easy enough to track down the family.”

Panda Recycling has asked people to be vigilant when discarding of items on behalf of the elderly Credit: Marc O'Sullivan
Panda Recycling has asked people to be vigilant when discarding of items on behalf of the elderly Credit: Marc O'Sullivan

The woman’s daughter, who asked not to be named, said she was very grateful for getting the money back.

“I had no idea that we had thrown out my mothers money until Panda contacted me. It’s a big relief and pleasant surprise to get my mothers money back. I’m very appreciative of Panda’s honesty and professionalism in returning the cash,” she said.

Mr O’Doherty warned that people needed to keep an eye out when they were cleaning up their homes, especially if they are helping to clean someone else’s.

“This is the second time in the last few months we’ve stumbled across a hidden wad of cash,” he said.

“Last time it was €3000 from the home of an elderly lady that had passed away. Her children were clearing out her house when they threw out some furniture containing the money.”

“It’s important that people properly check items before they throw them into a skip. You’d be genuinely surprised by what valuables people toss out without realising it.” 

Age Action’s Eamon Timmins said it was a common occurrence for those with Alzheimer’s to hide money and forget about it.

“When discarding of possessions on behalf of older people, we advise carers to be aware that valuables can be hidden in unexpected places so furniture or other unwanted items should be double checked before being placed into skips,” he added.

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