Tourist forgets bag containing $118,000 at a Dubai coffee shop

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A quick-witted employee saved the day by handing it in to Dubai Police

We’ve all been there. Rushing through the local coffeeshop in a hurry, forgetting to pick up our keys or sunglasses on the way out.

It’s annoying, but most of the time you can pop back in later and collect them without fear of anything being stolen – that’s just one of the perks of living in a city as safe as Dubai.

But now imagine how livid you’d be if you left a duffel bag containing a serious amount of money behind.

That’s precisely what happened at a Starbucks in Mall of the Emirates recently, where a tourist misplaced a bag containing $118,000 in cash. Yikes.

Luckily, one quick-witted employee discovered the bag and handed it in to Dubai Police, saving its owner from the mother of all freakouts, we imagine.

. . شكرا للسيد ميران كاركي، أحد العاملين في مقهى ستار بوكس في مول #الإمارات، وذلك لأمانته وحسن تصرفه، حيث قام بتسليم الشرطة حقيبة تحتوي على مبلغ مالي وقدره 118 ألف دولار أمريكي وجوازات سفر، كان قد نسيها سائح في المقهى، الأمر الذي ساهم في إرجاع المفقودات إلى صاحبها. لتفاصيل الخبر، يرجى زيارة الموقع الإلكتروني لشرطة دبي: ‏www.dubaipolice.gov.ae #اخبار #أمنكم_سعادتنا #نتواصل_ونحمي_نبتكر_ونبني . . The #DubaiPolice General HQ has recently honoured a Starbucks employee for his honesty and good conduct. Mr. Miran Karki had handed a bag with large sum of cash and some documents which he found at his workplace in the café’s branch at the Mall of Emirates. For more Details, you can visit our Website: www.dubaipolice.gov.ae #News ‪ #yoursecurityourhappiness ‬ ‪#smartsecuretogether‬

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Dubai Police honoured the Nepalese employee, Miran Karaki, with a ceremony at his workplace on Tuesday in which senior officials commended him for his honesty and good conduct.

Good job Miran! And for the tourist who misplaced the bag, we suspect that’s an expensive lesson that they won’t soon forget.

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