Mystery Man Dumps Cash in Bathrooms

Flush benefactor has Japanese investigators following the money
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2007 12:02 PM CDT
Mystery Man Dumps Cash in Bathrooms
10,000 Yen notes.   (

The yen is in the toilet once again. Someone has left over 400 bundles, each containing about $80 worth of the stuff, in men's bathrooms all over Japan. The cash is being discovered in the powder rooms of government offices, along with notes enjoining the lucky gentleman who finds the wad to "do only good deeds."

Officials are stumped, but crack handwriting analysts have profiled the backwards bathroom bandit as a mentally ill person with strong religious beliefs. Meanwhile, the search for the mysterious philanthropist edged out parliamentary elections in Japanese news last night. No word on whether female civil servants are miffed at missing out on the bounty. (More Japan stories.)

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