Cleaning lady finds $18,000 on bus

May 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

GRANADA, Spain, May 13 (UPI) -- A cleaning lady at a Granada, Spain, bus station said she turned over $18,000 she found in the back of a bus to police.

Palmira Diaz, 52, found a handbag in the back of a bus while cleaning Tuesday, Think Spain reported.

When she opened the bag, she found a huge quantity of cash inside.

Diaz called over her manager, Sonia Alonso, who in turn called a security guard to accompany them to the National Police station at the bus station.

A police officer counted the money and found 13,900 euros and 2,900 yuans -- totaling more than $18,000.

About an hour later, a Chinese man reported that his wife lost her hand bag while traveling on a bus.

The large amount of cash was apparently for a deposit on a new business they were purchasing in the city.

Diaz, a widowed mother of two daughters, said the money would have "come in very handy," but that her "job and conscience" were "worth more than any amount of cash."

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