Cashing in on honesty

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 June, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 June, 1995, 12:00am

HONG KONG is not the city of greed and avarice it is claimed to be, say police who are begging the owner of a box of banknotes worth an estimated $130,000 to claim it.

In a gesture that surprised even police, the cash was turned in after it was found last week in a stairwell at Cheung Tsing Estate, Tsing Yi. The notes, with a total face value of more than $130,000, include currencies of Hong Kong, China, Brunei, Malaysia, Korea, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, France, Cambodia, Macau and Thailand.

A Hong Kong Stamp and Coin Dealers' Association spokesman thought it unlikely the cash, some of which is very old, belonged to a collector. 'Banknotes, as collectors' items, are not very popular here and are seldom exchanged,' he said.

The cash, the true value of which is not known, goes to the person who handed it in if is not claimed within three months.