Austrian bus driver finds, turns in about $500,000
Vienna’s transport authority said a city bus driver checking a bag left behind by a passenger had the surprise of his life — more than $500,000 in neatly stacked 500-euro bills.
Transit authority spokeswoman Anna-Maria Reich said the driver handed the stash to police who tracked down the owner, an unidentified elderly woman.
But the driver has nothing to show for his honesty beyond praise from superiors. Weeks later, the owner has not contacted him to offer a reward.
The incident happened last month, and Reich confirmed details first reported Thursday by several Austrian tabloids.
It was unclear why the woman was carrying so much cash.
Chicago-area restaurant gives away 10,000 Twinkies
ORLAND PARK, Ill.
A suburban Chicago restaurant has given away about 10,000 Twinkies.
Baby’s Cheesesteak and Lemonade gave away the coveted treats Wednesday at its locations in Orland Park and Country Club Hills along with 2,200 chocolate cupcakes. The restaurant got the idea as a promotion after Hostess announced it was closing last month. Andre DeLeon is with the restaurant. He said workers used two minivans to make two trips to a Hostess outlet and buy the Twinkies and cupcakes.
The restaurant even offered a Twinkie milkshake. Customer Lindsey Huber drove an hour from Hoffman Estates to get the free Twinkie. She said her Twinkie “is going to get eaten today.”
Customer Gracelynn DeLaurentus said she stopped in to get the Twinkies so she can put them in her children’s Christmas stockings.
Maine mall sacks Santa after rudeness complaints
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine
A mall in Maine has sacked Santa Claus after children and parents complained he was rude, grumpy and wouldn’t even let one child sit on his lap.
Officials at the Maine Mall in South Portland said they were looking for a jollier Santa.
Jessica Mailhiot and her 6-year-old daughter, Chantel, went to see Santa this week. They told WGME-TV he was rude and wouldn’t let the girl sit on his lap when they said they didn’t want to buy a $20 photo.
Chantel said when she asked Santa for an American Girl doll, he replied she’d get an “American football.”
When the mom posted her story online, others shared similar experiences.
The station contacted the Santa, but he didn’t want to comment.