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Don’t surprise the old folk!

I don’t think there’s hope of her recovering the money from the mattress, since after making the news, I’m assuming she wouldn’t be the only one hunting for that mattress.


JERUSALEM – An Israeli woman mistakenly threw out a mattress with US$1 million ($1.45 million) inside, setting off a frantic search through tonnes of garbage at a number of landfill sites, Israeli media reported yesterday.

The woman told Army Radio that she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise on Monday and threw out the old one, only to discover that her mother had hidden her life savings inside. She was identified only as Ms Anat, a resident of Tel Aviv.

When she went to look for the mattress it had already been taken by garbage men, she said. Subsequent searches at three different landfill sites turned up nothing.

Mr Yitzhak Borba, the dump manager, told the radio station that his staff was helping the woman, saying she appeared “totally desperate”. AP

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