The Skane, Sweden, man filed a report with the Parliamentary Ombudsman saying he found a bicycle Saturday and took it to the police station, where it was claimed by its owner, The Local.se reported Tuesday.
The man said he received a notice from police that he could collect a finder's fee of about $6.
The complaint argues finder's fees should amount to about 10 percent of the value of the lost or stolen object.
"To underestimate the value of people's time in this manner is risking decreasing the rate of solving cases. Many (myself included) will leave bikes lying in a ditch rather than turn them in if the finder's fee isn't more substantial than this," the man said in his complaint.