Only On 7: Bag loaded with $100,000 found in San Jose Burger King

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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A bag loaded with about $100,000 was found inside a San Jose Burger King.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- In the South Bay, a bag loaded with about $100,000 was found inside a Burger King.

The assistant manager was the first one to spot the blue backpack, abandoned in a booth at the Burger King on North Bascom Avenue in San Jose.

"I twice cleaned, like two or three times cleaned the tables and it's still here," said Sahista Bakawla, assistant manager of the Burger King. "I waited until 3 p.m. and nobody came here."

She took it to the back and called the owner. He opened it, hoping to find some ID or a phone number.

"I open the zipper, I see lots of money, cash money, $100 bills stack up like half the bag, money," Burger King owner Altaf Chaus said. "I said, 'Wow! Today's my birthday, this is my birthday gift.'"

It was a fleeting thought. He immediately called police.

"I've been in this country 26 years and I worked two jobs for 15 years before I bought this Burger King," Chaus said. "So I'm a very hard working man. I don't want that money, maybe it belongs to somebody."

Officers came to the restaurant and opened the bag. Along with the money, they found candy, a little bit of marijuana and a bank deposit slip.

Police are now working with the bank to find the bag's owner.

A customer is shocked about the money and so moved by the story, she stopped to thank the assistant manager for her honesty.

"I would have done the same thing but to know that someone else did it, really makes me feel good," Mary Teixeira said.

And just in time for the holidays.