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German Scrap Yard Finds a Fortune In Discarded Safe

Scrap yard workers in the German town of Henningsdorf couldn't believe their eyes when they found a safe containing 170,000 euros ($222,500) which had been dumped on the scrap heap.

A scrap yard

One person's trash is another person's treasure

The safe arrived as part of a weekly truck load of scrap metal from Berlin, according to the daily Henningsdorfer Generalanzeiger. Employees made the discovery on Jan. 14, when they opened the discarded safe and piles of cash fluttered out.

An antique safe

Just an old, empty safe? Not if it's coming from Berlin

Police confirmed the find, after ruling out suspicions that the safe had been stolen.

It turned out that the safe originated from Berlin's Postbank, and had been overlooked by a member of staff, who should have emptied it during a branch relocation.

After realizing that the cash was missing, Postbank spokesman Ralf Palm said, "all conceivable measures were taken to recover the money."

When the bank made inquiries with the disposal company, they were told that the safe had already been shipped out of the country. It was a "stroke of luck," Palm said, that the safe popped up on Henningdorf scrap yard.

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