Vienna bus driver returns life savings to passenger

Christmas lights and decoration illuminations at Vienna's Belvedere Palace The Vienna bus driver discovered the money after driving around the city

Related Stories

An Austrian bus driver has been praised for his honesty, after handing in a bag he found on his bus containing 390,000 euros (£315,000; $506,000) in cash.

The sum represented the entire life savings of an elderly lady whom the police managed to track down.

The 77-year-old had withdrawn the funds from the bank earlier the same day before forgetting them on the bus.

The driver, named as Wolfgang R, said he initially thought the bag behind the driver's seat might contain medicines.

"I always do my rounds, and see if someone has forgotten something," he told a local newspaper of the incident, which happened in late November.

"I took the bag, looked into it and saw some of the money. There were many notes - something you never see."

Police were able to trace the owner through a passport and bank deposit slips which had also been left in the bag.

The man's employers, public transport authority Wiener-line, said they were very proud to have such an honest employee.

It is not known whether he was given a reward for returning the cash to its rightful owner.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Europe stories


Features & Analysis

  • Signposts showing the US and UK flagsAn ocean apart

    How British misunderstanding of the US is growing

  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

  • Hillary Clinton frowns.Something to hide?

    Hillary's private emails threaten her air of inevitability

  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back

Elsewhere on the BBC


  • Former al-Qaeda double agent Aimen DeanHARDtalk Watch

    Islamic State is about revenge says former al-Qaeda member turned spy Aimen Dean

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.