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Handyman finds secret gold stash in kitchen

The Local · 14 Feb 2012, 14:56

Published: 14 Feb 2012 14:56 GMT+01:00

“I have never held so much gold and silver in my hand before,” he told the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung paper on Tuesday.

“I didn’t think for a second about not handing it in. Only when I was talking about the find was I asked over and over again why I gave it in,” said the 38-year-old.

He said he and a colleague had pulled up an old lino flooring of the kitchen of a flat in Hannover and were clearing out under the kitchen units to make space for tiles, when he found a plastic bag.

“We thought it was a rubbish or replacement pieces of the kitchen which had been stored there,” he said.

But the bag was full of Australian golden coins, gold nuggets stamped with Degussa, and a host of silver coins as well as silver cutlery wrapped in newspaper.

“To find such treasure, it is an odd feeling,” said the handyman.

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He contacted the property management company which immediately got in touch with the dead woman’s family. Although there has not yet been explicit talk of a reward for the honest handyman, the family have ensured they got his details, the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung said.

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Your comments about this article

15:21 February 14, 2012 by beeker
Wonder if the results would have been the same if the finder had been a hedge fund manager instead of a tradesman?
15:32 February 14, 2012 by PaulLL
The handyman absolutely did the correct thing to turn in the coins and gold bars. Congratulations to him. Honesty and integrity are the most important qualities a person can have.

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15:38 February 14, 2012 by zeddriver
@beeker

These days. A hedge fund manager might just need to find a second job as a tradesman to make that Bugatti Veyron payment.

I hope the family treats that tradesman well. He did the right thing. Kudos to him.
15:52 February 14, 2012 by Navigator_B
Under German law he should be legally entitled to a finder's fee but it's only 3% of the value.
16:32 February 14, 2012 by Tanskalainen
I am a very bad person because it would have gone right in my jacket
16:58 February 14, 2012 by zeddriver
@Navigator_B

3,000 Euro is better than nothing.

@Tanskalainen

Go straight to your room young man. No dinner for you tonight.
21:47 February 14, 2012 by wood artist
Maybe if more people were as honest as this man, our world would be a better place. I know mine would, and I've never met him...and likely never will.

wa
22:04 February 14, 2012 by derExDeutsche
My mother, this year, had a repairman over for a Central Air Conditioning repair job. He came across my mothers family heirloom jewelry in the AC vent in her bedroom. Well, now its all gone. She forgot about its location, while he was there, and it struck her a small time later to look, and it was all gone. No lower class utopia as @beeker described. still nothing returned.
02:23 February 15, 2012 by nemo999
I checked under my Kitchen Cabinets, and all I found was about 5.0 mm of dirt, dust, some insect droppings, but no Gold.
09:58 February 15, 2012 by mos101392
Karma-he'll get a reward worth more than the gold itself for returning it. But he returned it to the wrong person...it was mine! I dropped it the last time I renovated that kitchen.
10:59 February 15, 2012 by kiaat
@derExDeut. sorry to hear about that, but central AC? Which part of Germany does central AC? I think the point of this "honest handyman" story is that the working class Germans are doing the right thing...... if (the key word here is IF) it was in another country, e.g. USA then there might be a different expectation...
02:13 February 16, 2012 by ron1amr
Wow what a wonderful find. I found post war coins under an old fireplace we removed on a job which the owner kept. Occasionally we find coins where tradespeople used to traditionally lay a coin in the brickwork or on top of concrete. When I was pouring concrete for small bathroom jobs to be tiled. I would put a coin flush with the top of the concrete and write the date. When we used to pull out vinyl from old houses we would find old newspapers. And we would read the news. Amazing to compare prices and the news of a car driver receiving a fine for speeding.
23:00 February 16, 2012 by boopsie
Give that guy a tip and a firm handshake. Lovely.
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