A woman in Sichuan who had more than 496 million yuan accidentally transferred into her account last Thursday took the right, and probably very painful, course of action by returning the money to the bank immediately after.
The 51-year-old woman, surnamed Wu, was cooking lunch when she received a text message notifying her that 496,906,436.18 yuan had been put into her account, Xinhua reports. At first, she thought it was some kind of scam, but when she checked her account at an ATM machine, she was shocked to see her new balance was thousands of yuan more than her own life savings.
“I checked 3 times and it was always this number: 496 million!” said Mu.
She went to the bank directly, where the tellers discovered that it was the fault of an employee. The money was taken out of Mu’s account within 10 minutes and the employee at fault was later fired from the bank.
Mu said she didn’t tell her family until the money was given back to the bank. “Looking at so much money, I didn’t have any conflicts in mind actually. This is not my money, and giving it back to the bank was the right thing to do,” said Mu. Her employer rewarded her after learning about the story.
While many netizens praised the woman’s good deed, one netizen pointed out that, well, she kind of had no choice. “If she didn’t return the money actively, she would have been sued by the bank and charged with illegal possession…” user “kejiaobiandaolaosu” said.
This February, a 63-year-old man returned a 27,000 yuan mistake to the bank and complained when he only received a mug worth 6.5 yuan as a thank you gift.
By Dina Li