Phu Yen waiter, student return lost money to owners

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A waiter has returned a wallet with a large sum of money that he found on the roadside near a resort in the central province of Phu Yen.

Tran Thi Tam, deputy director of the Sao Viet Eco-tourism Resort said a waiter at the resort's restaurant, 30-year-old Luong Cong Hoa, returned the wallet to the resort on April 30 with VND100 million (US$4,800) in cash still in it.

Vietnam's 2011 per capita income was about US$1,300.

She said the company had returned the wallet and the money to the owner who wished to remain anonymous.

"It was a treasure for me but it was not mine and I thought about the sadness of the owner who lost it," Hoa said.

Hoa, who was born to a poor farm family in Dong Hoa District's Hoa Hiep Bac Commune, has been working at the restaurant for three years.

Hoa was the second person in Phu Yen to return lost property to its owners last week.

Nguyen Xuan Hieu, a fourth grader at Le Thanh Ton Primary School in the province's Tuy Hoa Town, found VND10 million in cash on the road near his house, VnExpress reported Thursday.

He returned the money to its owner, Tran Thi Minh Ly, who is also his neighbor. Ly said Hieu refused money she gave him as reward.

Hieu's teacher, Pham Thi Thu Hang, said he was born to a poor family and had to help his family with farming at home. However, he was a good student with good school records over the past four school years.

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