A plastic bag containing about HK$74,000 in cash has been returned to its relieved owner after apparently being mistaken for rubbish and kicked out of a bus.
The bag was picked up in the street by a passer-by who turned it in to police.
The bag had been dropped by a 23-year-old pub manager after he fell asleep on the 68X bus from Yuen Long to Mong Kok on his way home at the end of his shift. It contained the pub's takings.
The bag was found at a bus stop outside Mei Foo Sun Chuen in Lai Chi Kok Road, Cheung Sha Wan, at about 6.30am yesterday.
"The bag was small and other passengers probably thought it was rubbish and kicked it out of the vehicle," a police officer said.
Chan Chung-lam, 60, accidentally stepped on the bag after getting off another bus. He said he was about to toss the bag in the rubbish bin to clear the path when he noticed a wad of money fall out.
He then called 999.
Meanwhile, the owner, Lin Ho-kit, had got off the bus in Dundas Street, Mong Kok, before suddenly realising he no longer had the bag.
"He immediately jumped into a taxi to chase the Kowloon Motor Bus vehicle on route No 68X to a bus terminus in Jordan," a police officer said.
When he failed to find the money on the bus, he called the police and was told he could collect it from Cheung Sha Wan station. Police said the man proved he was the owner by giving specific details about the cash.
"He was able to say the exact amount and tell us what materials were used to bind the wads of banknotes," the officer said.
It was not the first time Chan has found cash. Last time, five years ago, he spotted a wallet near his home in Tsuen Wan.
Chan, who helps maintain ships for a living, says he always keeps his head down when walking. He said he hoped more people would behave honestly.
Asked if he expected any reward, Chan said: "It depends on [the owner's] will. But why not, if I can have a free afternoon tea?"
A senior police officer said the finder should be given a Good Citizen's Award for his honesty.