A German The man’s good deed in returning a $4.8 million check to the Haribo candy company was “rewarded” with a simple box of gummy bears.
According to an article published in the German newspaper imageThe man, identified only as Anouar G., was returning home from visiting his mother while on his way to the Bürostadt Niederrad light rail station stop in Frankfurt.
A German man finds a $4.8 million check made out to Haribo, honorably informs them of the situation
A small piece of paper caught his eye, and after picking it up, he realized it was a check made out to Haribo, for €4,631,538.80, or just over $4.81 million.
The check, which had been issued by DZ Bank, was issued by the German supermarket chain Rewe to Haribo. However, Anouar did the responsible thing and contacted Haribo telling them that he had the check from him.
y’all act like you can cash a check for 4.7 MILL and not raise red flags
— hudeyfa (@hud3yfa) November 15, 2022
He was quickly contacted by an attorney for the candy company, who reported telling him to destroy the check and send a photo to prove it, which he complied with.
Several days later, Haribo sent him a thank you note in the mail for helping them, including six measly bags of Haribo jelly beans for his troubles.
“Das fand ich schon etwas billig,” Anouar told Bild, which translates from German to English as: “I thought it was a bit cheap.”
Social media reacts to the paltry reward, with many divided on whether he deserved more
Adding insult to injury, Forbes estimates that the company’s revenue is “in excess of $3 billion,” meaning it could have easily been rewarded with monetary compensation for doing the right thing, according to nbc boston.
Reactions on social media were mostly divided as to whether Anouar deserved a bigger reward than he received. Some commenters even said that she deserves less than what she already received.
“They act like they can cash a 4.7M check and not raise red flags,” one person tweeted.
Another tweeted “so he traded a worthless piece of paper (worthless because they would have canceled the check once it was lost) for 6 packs of candy. It’s a decent deal for him.”
Haribo spokesman says the company was never in financial jeopardy as the check was not made out to the Good Samaritan
Meanwhile, many argued that not everyone would have been so altruistic and accommodating in such a situation, which would have caused big problems for the candy company if they hadn’t.
“I would have walked into the bank and said ‘I’m Mr. Haribo,'” one Twitter user admitted. “Me walking to my new mansion, buggoti [sic] and woman who only wants me for my money after fining 4.7 million Haribo,” wrote another.
The company has not yet responded to TODAY Food’s request for comment, however a spokesperson told a reporter at Bild and made an interesting counterpoint regarding Anouar’s actions, in that the check was made out to Haribo’s name, and not him, so the company was never in any kind of financial jeopardy.
“Since it was a crossed check, no one but our company could have redeemed it,” read a translation of what Haribo told Bild on the matter. “It was our standard package that we sent as a thank you.”
What do you think, Roomies? Should Anouar have been better rewarded for his kind deed?