Migrant worker loses 6,000 yuan, receives 15,000 more in donations from strangers: A migrant worker who lost 6,000 yuan while cleaning the window glass of a high building in Fuzhou, Fujian Province has received around 15,000 yuan in donations after her story hit the internet and was reported by the media. The 40-year-old woman, surnamed named Xiong, put 6,000 yuan in a bag and tied it to her waist as she was hoisted up to clean the high-rise building's windows. The bag loosened and the money fell from the 8th floor, scattering all over the streets. As to expect when it's literally raining money, most of the cash was scooped up by passersby, and Xiong was only able to recover 300 yuan. Xiong, whose story circulated the web, was brought to tears by the generosity of those who pitched in.
Window washer’s savings more than doubled by returned money, donations: Money that fluttered to the ground from a bag that a window washer dropped while working on a high rise — the savings of a migrant couple for their son’s tuition — was not only returned to her but more than doubled by donations from generous citizens after her plight was reported. The migrant woman, surnamed Xiong, kept 6,000 yuan (US$982) in notes in a small cloth bag with her. While she was working on Wednesday, the hand-made purse slipped and the notes fell to the ground from the 8th floor.
Xiong, 44, a native of Chongqing in southwest China, works in Fuzhou in east China’s Fujian Province with her husband. She planned to pay for her son’s tuition with the money that the couple earned this year, so she carried it with her for safekeeping. Xiong had recovered only 300 yuan by Wednesday night, while the rest of the notes were picked up by passers-by, state television broadcaster CCTV reported. By yesterday, however, after the television report, Xiong had received a total of more than 15,000 yuan, including money returned by some of the passers-by and donations.
Wind takes RMB6,000 from Fuzhou woman; goodwill returns 15,000: Xiong Faming was at a loss when the wind snatched away most of the 6,000 yuan (US$990) in her unzipped waist bag and scattered it out from the 8th floor of a building. Rushing down from the ledge where she had been cleaning glass, she only recovered 300 yuan (US$49) after a futile search. Fortunately, the residents of Fuzhou, hearing of her plight, have done something extraordinary, reports the Chongqing Morning Post.
Xiong and her husband, both from Chongqing, had scraped together 6,000 yuan after a year of work. Xiong is hired for cleaning jobs and her husband takes what he can find, mostly manual labor. On a good month, he can make around 3,000 and 4,000 yuan (US$400-$600). Some months he makes nothing. They had planned to take the money back to Chongqing for the Chinese New Year holiday, which begins in late January. Xiong had the money stored in the bag she fastens to her waist when cleaning windows in the city, a bag that had opened and emptied unbeknown to her. By the time she looked back, it had already disappeared. All she could do was cry.
They routinely send back 1,500 yuan (US$250) a month back to their hometown in Chongqing, where they have a daughter in high school and a son in primary school. For them, the lost money is a fortune. Miraculously, Xiong "doesn't hate at all the people who picked up the lost money." She said, "I can only blame myself." Xiong reported the incident to the Fuzhou police department, and police called on local residents via the city newspaper to to return the money they picked up to her. They left Xiong's bank account number. That same day, Xiong's account received more than 7,000 yuan (US$1,150) in donations. The company which had hired Xiong for cleaning the glass sent her 6,000 yuan (US$990) and wished her well. "Enough, enough, thank you so much," Xiong said. "I'll remember everyone who has helped me."
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Gold bars worth $1.1m found in plane toilet in India: A stash of 24 gold bars worth more than $1.1m has been discovered in the toilet compartment of a commercial plane in eastern India. Cleaners found the haul in two bags on board a Jet Airways flight at Kolkata airport, officials said. India is one of the world's main gold consumers and imports are seen as a major contributor to the country's account deficit. It recently raised duty on imports of gold jewellery to 15% from 10%. It was the third increase this year as the government attempts to curb demand for the precious metal, which many Indians traditionally hoard in the belief it will bring financial security.
The plane on which the 1kg (2.2lb) gold bars were found on Tuesday had reportedly come from Bangkok, local media reported, before making stops in India. "The cleaning staff of the airport were going though their routine duties and found two bags in the toilets of the plane," airport director BP Mishra told AFP news agency. He was quoted as saying that no arrest had been made in connection with the find, though OneIndia News said a suspect was being questioned. The gold has been valued at between 70m and 90m rupees (up to $1.4m or £890,000).