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Store manager returns wallet with 5,575 euros that Dutch shopper left in trolley

Raúl received recognition from the mayor.
Raúl received recognition from the mayor. / C. MÁRQUEZ
  • Raúl José Castillo had found the bag when he opened the Mercadona store one morning at the end of May

An Estepona supermarket manager has received recognition from his local town hall for handing in a bag containing 5,575.30 euros that a Dutch resident had left in a trolley. Raúl José Castillo had found the bag when he opened the Mercadona store one morning at the end of May. The bag also contained the owner's passport and keys. When a colleague told him that a man had been asking about a bag the night before, Raúl followed company procedure and kept it at the store for two days thinking the owner would return. When he didn't he took the bag to the National Police station in Estepona.

The bag belonged to Peter Steenbahkens, a Dutch business owner who has lived in Estepona for 20 years. He explained this week that when he had gone back that night to the supermarket and the bag had not been found he had given it up for lost. When the police knocked on his door with a notification asking him to collect his property he didn't understand it fully and called his lawyer.

“I couldn't believe it!” he said, describing the moment he realised that the visit was to return his money, which, he added, he was carrying as he was planning a trip.

On Tuesday Raúl received an award from the mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, and the bag's owner said that he would be compensated for his honesty, something that shouldn't be newsworthy. However Raúl said that he has heard the words “You're silly for not keeping the money” several times over the last few days.