A German a man’s good deed in returning a $4.8 million check to the candy company Haribo was “repaid” with just a box of bears.
According to an article written in a German newspaper Bildthe man, identified as Anouar G., was returning home after visiting his mother when he passed through the Bürostadt Niederrad train station in Frankfurt.
German Man Receives $4.8 Million Check For Haribo, Politely Lets Them Know What Happened
A small piece of paper caught his eye, and when he picked it up, he realized it was a check to Haribo, for €4,631,538.80, or more than $4.81 million.
The cheque, issued by DZ Bank, was presented by German supermarket chain Rewe to Haribo. However, Anouar did what he did and contacted Haribo to tell them he had the check.
and act like you can just cash in a 4.7 MILL check without raising any red flags
– hudeyfa (@hud3yfa) November 15, 2022
A lawyer for the candy company quickly got back to him, who said he told him to destroy the check and send a photo to prove it, which he did.
A few days later, Haribo sent him a letter thanking him for his help, including six bags of Haribo gummies for his troubles.
“Das fand ich schon etwas billig,” Anouar told Bild, which translates from German to English: “I thought it was cheap.”
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Adding insult to injury, Forbes estimates that the company’s earnings “were in excess of $3 billion,” meaning he could have been compensated for doing the right thing, according to NBC Boston.
Reactions on social media were divided as to whether Anouar deserved a bigger prize than he earned. Some commentators have suggested that they deserve less than what they have already earned
“Yall act like you can just cash a 4.7 MILL check without raising any red flags,” one person wrote.
Another tweeted “so he traded a piece of junk paper (worthless because he would have canceled the check if it lost) for a 6 pack of candy. It’s a good deal for him.”
A spokesperson for Haribo said the company was not in financial danger, so it was not created for the Good Samaritan
At this time, many said that not everyone would be indifferent and helpful in such cases, which would have caused serious problems for the candy company if they had not been there.
“I would walk into a bank and be like ‘I’m Mr Haribo,'” admitted a Twitter user. “I’m walking to my new home, buggoti [sic] she is a woman who only wants my money after paying a fine of 4.7 million from Haribo,” another wrote.
The company did not respond to TODAY Food’s request for comment, however the spokesperson told the Bild reporter and made an interesting comment about Anouar’s actions, since the check was given to Haribo, not him, so the company was not at all. in any type of financial crisis.
“Since it was a combined check, no one else could have redeemed it but our company,” explains Haribo’s statement to Bild about the matter. “It was our package that we were sending as a thank you.”
What do you think, Roomies? Could Anouar have been better rewarded for his kindness?