Man waited for 3 hours to return $10,000 to construction worker

Mr Sean Lee (left) and Mr Cui Hua Bi. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN FILE
Mr Sean Lee (left) and Mr Cui Hua Bi. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN FILE
Mr Sean Lee (left) and Mr Cui Hua Bi. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN FILE
Mr Sean Lee (left) and Mr Cui Hua Bi. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN FILE
Mr Sean Lee waited for close to three hours to return $10,000 to Mr Cui. -- PHOTO: WAN BAO FILE
Mr Sean Lee waited for close to three hours to return $10,000 to Mr Cui. -- PHOTO: WAN BAO FILE
Construction worker Cui Hua Bi (left) and Mr Sean Lee. Mr Lee waited for close to three hours to return $10,000 to Mr Cui. -- PHOTO: WAN BAO FILE
Construction worker Cui Hua Bi (left) and Mr Sean Lee. Mr Lee waited for close to three hours to return $10,000 to Mr Cui. -- PHOTO: WAN BAO FILE

SINGAPORE - What would you do if you found $10,000 in cash?

Singaporean Sean Lee waited for close to three hours for the owner to turn up, and returned the money to him in the incident that happened last week.

For construction worker Cui Hua Bi, the sum amounted to five months of savings that he wanted to send home to China.

Mr Lee, 42, told The New Paper that he was teaching his six-year-old son how to ride a bicycle at a playground near Block 295, Punggol Central, where he lived when he noticed Mr Cui lying on a bench while talking on the phone.

Later, he spotted a black pouch on the bench. In it were about $60 in cash, an ez-link card, a work permit and a thick yellow envelope.

Together with his wife and son, Mr Lee waited for about an hour, but Mr Cui did not return. The Lees then went upstairs as it was the boy's bedtime.

From his flat on the 12th storey, Mr Lee kept an eye on the playground. While waiting, he opened the yellow envelope and discovered nine $1,000 notes and about 30 notes of $50.

At around 10.45pm, he heard voices from the playground and went down to verify Mr Cui's identity using the work permit.

A relieved Mr Cui thanked Mr Lee profusely and even bought him fruit to show his appreciation, The New Paper said.

Mr Cui, 42, told Shin Min Daily News in an earlier report that he needed the money to support his mother, wife and son in Anhui.

He spent only $200 of his $2,300 monthly salary to save the money in the yellow envelope.

"When I got the wallet back from Mr Lee, I had so much to say but I didn't know how to express how grateful I was," Mr Cui told Shin Min.

Mr Lee's friend posted the incident on Facebook on May 8, and it made its way to Stomp and other newspapers soon after.

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