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Zurich Police Trace Owner of 28,000 Euros in Cash Found in Snow

  • Dutch man discovered sunglasses case stuffed with bills
  • Cash payments are popular among Swiss despite credit cards

Police in Zurich have located the owner of a sunglasses case stuffed with about 28,000 euros ($29,740) in cash after it was found in a pile of snow.

A 49-year-old Dutch man stumbled upon the wad in the affluent sixth district and turned it in to authorities, police said in a statement on Friday. They checked it against a registry of missing items at the city’s lost and found office and saw that a 31-year-old man had reported exactly that amount missing.

Although card terminals are widely available, the Swiss have a proclivity for paying with cash, and the central bank has declined to scrap its most valuable note, worth 1,000 francs.

The discovery in Switzerland’s banking hub also dwarfs that made late last year, when a 53-year-old Swiss man was able to reclaim more than 6,000 francs ($5,950) in large denomination bills he’d lost thanks to an honest pensioner.

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