An absent minded passenger left a brown envelope containing more than £300,000 in used bank notes on a London bus – before the honest cleaner who found it handed it into police.
The unnamed Cordant Cleaning staff member could have been set for life but made the extremely admirable decision to do the right thing, handing the money over to the Met police.
The money is the cream of the crop of a myriad of usually disgusting and strange items the cleaners find.
For example, another traveller forgot to take a deep fryer from a Leeds bus and others hopped off leaving positive pregnancy tests behind for cleaners to deal with, Southampton being one of many places this happened.
Other unsavoury items found by colleagues on buses across the country in the last year were binned, too. They included sex toys and soiled nappies in Leeds and dirty knickers in London.
Vomit containing false teeth was found on a bus in Southampton, where someone also dumped poo with a flag stuck in it.
Unnamed Cordant Cleaning staff member could have been set for life but returned the cash But the most revolting finds by Cordant Cleaning staff were on a Glasgow double-decker – a used tampon tied to a handrail and a large fresh animal heart under a seat.
Cordant boss Guy Pakenham said: ‘More often than not I’m left shocked when my team tell me about the disgusting things they have to get rid of when cleaning buses up and down the UK.
‘But I can only praise their dedication and good humour.
‘They don’t seem to be fazed by anything.
‘Thankfully our staff are fully trained and equipped to deal with cleaning hazards like these.
‘But we can only urge passengers that next time they defecate on the floor of a bus, or throw up their own false teeth, please remember to take all of your items with you.’