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Toilet cleaner hid €40,000 in small coins from the taxman

Published: 06 Aug 2011 08:35 GMT+02:00

The tabloid Express paper reported on Friday that the woman had operated in around 50 public toilets across Germany, paying a pittance to helpers to keep the loos clean and collect coins of gratitude from punters.

It seems her lack of generosity was her undoing and one of her helpers tipped off the state prosecutor, the paper reported.

When officials showed up to her house and rang the bell she ignored them, instead racing to the back of her home and throwing files out of the window.

When officials finally persuaded her to let them into the garage they found themselves knee deep in bags of coins – and called for a truck to take them away in, concerned that an ordinary car might not be able to take the weight.

Now they are busy counting the coins so they can proceed with the case.

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Your comments about this article

11:41 August 6, 2011 by harcourt
I guess the tax officials are "flushed" with their success !!
12:02 August 6, 2011 by toemag
Congratulations, now all of Germany's financial problems are solved :-/
12:12 August 6, 2011 by anurag_bagaria
@ toemag:

"Like" your comment. TL should introduce a "like" button next to the "Report abuse" one.
15:58 August 6, 2011 by willowsdad
Good to see the authorities going after such "major" criminals.
17:11 August 6, 2011 by buchi1947
What next? our childrens piggy banks!
17:22 August 6, 2011 by HANNIBAL-BARCA
This article provides only further evidence as if any was needed that the governments of all high tax nations are criminals!

This woman worked hard cleaning other people's mess, was niggardly with her earnings only to have the fruit of her just toil stolen.

It is the excessive taxiation of world governments that must cease and stop stealing from the mouths of those who work.
19:32 August 6, 2011 by vonSchwerin
@ HANNIBAL-BARCA

If I read the article correctly -- and it's not terribly well written -- your comment is not right.

You wrote, "This woman worked hard cleaning other people's mess, was niggardly with her earnings only to have the fruit of her just toil stolen."

Based on the article, I think she ran an agency of sorts to clean the toilets. And she paid her employees ("helpers") very poorly and keep most of the coins that toilet-users paid to the toiler-minders/cleaners. So she was being stingy and even unfair with her employees who actually did work hard cleaning other people's mess.
22:11 August 6, 2011 by Landmine
Dummy's, just separate them and weigh. No need to count them....
22:39 August 6, 2011 by HANNIBAL-BARCA
@vonSchwerin

Maybe you should head a Union for public bathroom clearners as a mini-job. Further I do have a sense of humor and if you would have better comprehension of the English vocabulary, the word "niggardly" has a few definitions one of which is stingy or tight with money and other scarce resources. So by your own understanding of the article my description of the woman in question is accurate.

So now I hope you can understand that my comment is in fact correct more so given that the main point of my comment was to denounce the excessive taxaition of of nearly all OECD nations.
00:39 August 7, 2011 by wood artist
What she paid her workers, while perhaps regrettable, isn't the story. She hid undeclared income, and didn't pay her share of the taxes. How she got the money is interesting, but irrelevant. She is, simply put, a tax cheat, and that means everyone else has to pay more than their share because she didn't pay hers.

Yes, she was taking money from the government, but, more importantly, she was taking money from everyone who did pay their taxes. We may not like taxes, but they are a necessary evil, and we should accept our share of that burden. Next time you need something that the government provides, and you don't think it's delivered appropriately, think about this woman.

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13:14 August 7, 2011 by Patrick Anderson Lewis III
Personally, I think the German Tax Man is taking the P*ss
20:30 August 7, 2011 by Dizz
Is that really your name? Because PAL3 would be almost like a novelty license plate in the UK and would read as "Paltry"! Sorry it just struck me in the context of this article and comments, no offense intended! Liked your comment tho. :)
19:13 August 8, 2011 by BrainWave19
Going by the way the comments have been flowing around in the news,,,it would be interesting to find out the origin of this new category of Tax Cheat...maybe some integration issue here as well....

Maybe recession-2 would be avoided with this new funding.....
04:49 August 9, 2011 by parografik
Maybe she noticed the tax man hadn't washed his hands.
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