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Graduate wins public approval for honest action

Update: March, 14/2013 - 09:36

HCM CITY (VNS)— Although Quang Ngai native Le Hoai Phu is deep in debt, he did not hesitate to turn in a lost jacket containing VND80 million (US$4,000) last Sunday (March 3), hoping that the owner could be found.

The man was eventually identified, and as a result, Phu has become a media sensation.

"I had never seen such a large amount of money in my life," he said, speaking at his office in Tan Binh District in HCM City.

The youngest son in a poor family of seven children, the 25-year-old could have easily taken the money and run.

He is deep in debt: he owes the bank VND40 million and his friend VND60 million. The first loan was used to pay for his university education and the second his family's bus-stop stand.

Some of it was borrowed from a bank to pay for his education and the rest of it from friends to open a family bus-stop food stand in Binh Duong Province.

"I remember sometimes my bicycle chain had a problem seven times a day," he said.

Being poor for so many years, Phu said he thought the money in the jacket could have been borrowed from someone.

"I thought at the time when I saw the jacket, what if I were the man who lost the money? How would I have felt at such a loss," Phu said, recalling his reaction.

Later, Phu was pleased to hear that Nguyen Ba Hai, 58, a Vietnamese-German, was the owner of the jacket and the money was slated to be used for heart surgery for five Vietnamese children. — VNS


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