SWEET NOTHINGS: Man Saves GBP 4 Million Haribo Cheque But Gets Box Of Gummies As Reward

A man who found a lost cheque worth GBP 4 million issued to sweet giants Haribo has told how the tight-fisted firm rewarded him with just a box of gummies.


The eagle-eyed traveller – named as Anouar G., 38, from Frankfurt, Germany – spotted the huge cheque on a train platform after a visit to his mum.

Gobsmacked Anouar was astonished when he saw the cheque’s value of EUR 4,631,538.80 (GBP 4.05 million).

He told local media: “There was such a large sum on it that I couldn’t even pronounce it.”

Image shows the EUR 4.6 million (GBP 4 million) cheque, undated photo. It was found by Anouar G., 38, on a train platform in the city of Frankfurt, in Hesse, Germany. (Newsflash)

The cheque had reportedly been issued by the supermarket group Rewe to the sweet makers Haribo but was somehow lost at the station.

Anouar contacted Haribo about his discovery and one of their lawyers got in touch with him.

Instead of asking for it back, they told him to destroy the cheque and send him a photograph as proof, according to local media.

Image shows a box full of Haribo products, undated photo. Anouar G., 38, received the box as a ‘thank you’ gift for returning the EUR 4.6 million (GBP 4 million) cheque that he found on a train platform in the city of Frankfurt, in Hesse, Germany. (Newsflash)

He dutifully complied and a few days later he received a box from Haribo containing just six bags of their sweets.

Anouar was reportedly not impressed and believes he has saved the company millions.

He said: “I thought that was a bit cheap.”

But Haribo told local media: “Since it was a named cheque, nobody but our company could have redeemed it.”

They added: “It was our standard package that we send as a thank you.”