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Finder sued over return of lost money

A PANCAKE seller who found 1,700 yuan (US$249) and returned it to its owner is being sued because the owner alleges she didn't return all his money.

Zhou Cuilan, 59, from Huai'an City of Jiangsu Province, received a court subpoena on Wednesday, yesterday's Yangtse Evening News reported.

Zhou told the newspaper she saw the money in bushes while she was selling pancakes on November 6.

At first she handed the bundle to a customer, Wang Changyu, because he said it might belong to a neighbor. But then she decided to find the owner herself, and took the money back.

Zhou Jiwei, 22, heard about the find and visited her the next morning to get his money back.

But he said he had lost 8,200 yuan in total, the newspaper said, and demanded the other 6,500 yuan.

Wang has also been called to court, the newspaper said.

Zhou Jiwei has lodged a lawsuit against Zhou Cuilan and the witness Wang, asking them to return his 6,500 yuan.

There was a similar story in a southwest China city, according to yesterday's Chongqing Evening News.

Chen Guangde, 52, saw a man in his 60s drop a pile of notes in front of a bank in Hongjiang County of Chongqing Municipality.

Chen shouted to the man, but instead of being thanked was asked: "Where is the other 10,000 yuan?"

The man then found the 10,000 yuan in his own pocket but left without apologizing, the report said.


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