Ikea security guards return bag with $20,000 in cash to owners

Security guards at Ikea returned a bag that contained more than $20,000 in cash to a grateful customer in an incident that happened last month. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Security guards at Ikea returned a bag that contained more than $20,000 in cash to a grateful customer in an incident that happened last month. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Security guards at Ikea returned a bag that contained more than $20,000 in cash to a grateful customer in an incident that happened last month. -- PHOTO: STOMP 
Security guards at Ikea returned a bag that contained more than $20,000 in cash to a grateful customer in an incident that happened last month. -- PHOTO: STOMP 

SINGAPORE - Security guards at Ikea returned a bag that contained more than $20,000 in cash to a grateful customer in an incident that happened last month.

The customer, Mr Tay Siong Tiong, 36 , said he was shopping with his wife at the Tampines branch of the furniture store at around 7pm on April 27.

His wife, Kayo Tran, 30, then left their bags on a bed that they were testing.

He told Stomp: "My wife and I were at Ikea Tampines shopping for furniture for our new house. We went to try out the beds and my wife left her bags on the bed and left (to) continue shopping. I did not even realise I lost my bag at first."

The bag contained his passport and more than $20,000 in cash. Mr Tay told The Straits Times that they brought extra money as they intended to buy furniture.

Ikea security staff had then apparently found the bag and told the reception to make an announcement for the lost item, citizen journalism site Stomp reported.

Mr Tay and Ms Tran, who were still in the store, heard the announcement. They rushed to reclaim their bag.

"Their names are Mr Lee and Kana, I would like to thank them," Mr Tay said.