One very unlucky — and subsequently very lucky — Bnei Brak resident was breathing a sigh of relief after police announce in a local paper they located his roll of cash containing $10,000.
It’s not God the ultra-Orthodox man should be thanking, though, but rather the Palestinian East Jerusalem bus driver who found the roll and turned it in.
According to a police report, a dispatcher for the Afikim bus company walked into a Ramat Gan police station last Thursday and handed the duty officer a roll of American cash held together by a rubber band.
The roll, the dispatcher explained, was found by a driver late Wednesday on the company’s 422 line that runs from Jerusalem to Bnei Brak.
The driver for the private company, 35-year-old Ramadan Jamjoum, told AFP the money was in a bundle that had fallen.
“I tried to tell him but he didn’t hear me as he was on the phone, but afterwards I informed the company and submitted the money.”
He said the cash “did not tempt him” as “it is my duty morally and religiously, and to my God and my work, to return the money.”
Jamjoum, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, did not receive any reward apart from a certificate of thanks from his company.
The money found its way back to its owner after the police station’s lost-and-found officer, Sgt. Maj. Nissan Dayan, sent a notice of the find to a local Bnei Brak paper.
The notice ran on Tuesday morning, telling residents that “a very large amount of money” was “forgotten by a ultra-Orthodox passenger who traveled from Jerusalem to Bnei Brak on line 422 on Wednesday night,” and had “not yet been claimed.”
Within hours, a man from Bnei Brak called the station and gave officers accurate details identifying the rubber band-bound wad of cash.
He was expected to pick it up on Wednesday.