A Nigerian man identified as Peter Angelina, who makes a living selling packets of paper handkerchiefs at a traffic light junction in Seville, Spain, returned a briefcase containing €16,000 (16,000 Euros) that fell off the roof of a car. Angelina has made headlines in Spain for his remarkable honesty.
The 35-year-old immigrant was selling tissues in his usual roadside spot on Dec. 3 when he noticed a small briefcase, left on the roof of a car, fall to the ground as the driver pulled away from the lights.
He tried flagging the driver down but failed to attract his attention. So, he took the briefcase to the local police in the hope that they could track the owner down.
It was discovered the case contained €3,150 in cash and six cheques with a total value of €13,000, as well as some documents and a cellphone.
Police traced the owner, a 42-year-old businessman from Seville, and returned his belongings.
The businessman later stopped at the traffic lights to thank the Nigerian and to give him €100 as a reward.
“It never crossed my mind to keep the contents of the briefcase,” said Mr Angelina who trained as a doctor in Nigeria (but whose qualifications are not recognized in Europe). “People say I could have kept the money and then thrown the briefcase away, but I am not like that, and God wouldn’t have liked that. I am not crazy, I am a good man.”