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Bus rider left 100,000 yuan behind

THE city's bus company is trying to find a middle-aged passenger who officials think left more than 100,000 yuan (US$15,700) cash on board as she left the bus yesterday.

The money was packed in a paper box and was found on a Bus No. 704 at its terminal station on Caoxi Road N. beside the Shanghai Indoor Stadium around 9am, and the bus company was still waiting for the passenger to claim the loss last night.

Officials of the Shanghai Bashi Group, a major operator of city buses, said passengers often left their belongings while leaving the bus.

"It happens all the time and we have picked almost everything on our buses from credit cards to cell phones," said a director of the bus line surnamed Zhang.

"The driver found the paper box in a handbag in the area behind the driver above the left front wheel," Zhang said.

The driver, Zhang Huarong, did not open it and continued to drive another full route after handing the bag to the management team, director Zhang said.

"We were shocked to find that much money in the bag," Zhang said.

The banknotes were counted to be more than 100,000 yuan, Zhang said.

The bus company later checked the surveillance cameras of the bus and found a middle-aged woman who could be the owner of the money.

But no contact information was found in the bag, and it was unclear when and where the woman got on the bus, which traversed a route between 8:15am and 9am from Xinzhuang, Minhang District, to the Shanghai Indoor Stadium, Zhang said.

Zhang refused to describe the woman with too many details to prevent any false claiming.

"We hope the woman will contact us after seeing the media reports," Zhang said.

Zhang said the bus company has found large amounts of money left before and found the owners. In 2003, more than 60,000 yuan cash was found on a Bus No. 218 at its terminal station on Hongmei Road S.

"The case was later reported in the television news and the owner contacted us the next day," Zhang said yesterday.

Meanwhile, officials of Metro Line 2 found a bag on a carriage with more than 10,000 yuan cash around noon yesterday.

A Metro staff member, Sun Yun, posted a microblog about the find and the owner of the bag was found later in the afternoon.


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