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Flush with cash: toilets in Switzerland found stuffed with €500 notes

Flush with cash: toilets in Switzerland found stuffed with €500 notes
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By Emma Beswick
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Over €83,000 in high-denomination banknotes was found stuffed in toilets in Geneva’s financial district

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Toilets in three Geneva restaurants and a bank were blocked, not with toilet paper, but, bizarrely, with over €83,000 in high-denomination banknotes.

Tribune de Geneve newspaper reported multiple 500 euro notes were found stuffed in the toilet of a UBS bank in Geneva’s financial district, with the facilities in three nearby bistros being bunged up with cash a few days later.

Thousands of Swiss francs were allegedly spent on repainting the affected pipes.

Geneva prosecutors said they were investigating the incident, which occurred back in May 2017, but added that neither blocking toilets nor throwing money away was illegal.

“We are not so interested in the motive but we want to be sure of the origin of the money,” spokesman Vincent Derouand said.

He added that there was no immediate reason to think it was dirty money.

Derouand also confirmed that the restaurants had withdrawn their complaints earlier in the year after two people had compensated them for the blockages.

It was not immediately clear who would receive the money, which was confiscated during the investigation, if it was found to be lawful.

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