Man who found Haribo's lost $4 million check is rewarded with bags of candy

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By James Kay

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A man who found a lost $4 million check from the confectionary company Haribo has been rewarded with six bags of candy.

Anouar G., 38, from Frankfurt, Germany, spotted the check on the floor of a train platform as he was on his way home after visiting his mom.

He picked up the check and was left in awe at the amount of money: "There was such a large sum on it that I couldn’t even pronounce it," he told the German tabloid BILD.

The exact amount on the check was €4,631,538.80 which works out to be around $4.8 million. It was made out to Haribo from the German supermarket chain Rewe.

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You would think finding an amount this big would result in a huge reward, right? Well, Haribo sent Anouar six packs of Haribos to say thank you.

The company asked the finder of the money to destroy the check and to send them photo evidence of when he had done so.

Anouar obliged and then received a box containing six packs of their candy.

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Speaking to BILD, Anouar said: "I thought that was a bit cheap". Haribo did offer the tabloid a comment as to why the reward was as little as it was.

They said: “Since it was a named check, nobody but our company could have redeemed it. It was our standard package that we send as a thank you.”

Haribo was created in 1920 in Germany by Johannes "Hans" Riegel Sr, who started off in a backyard laundry kitchen with only a sack of sugar, a marble block, a stool, a brick oven, a copper kettle, and a roller, per Forbes.

Since its conception, Haribo has gone on to become one of the largest confectionery suppliers in the world, with revenue reaching $2 billion a year.

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'Goldbears' are America’s best-selling gummy bear candy and the company produces 100 million of them around the world every day.

Still a family-owned company, Haribo is currently with its third generation since it was created over a century ago.

Anouar was in possession of a $4.8 million check and only has six packs of candy to show for it, so they might just be the most expensive candy in history!

Featured image credit: Credit: Carolyn Jenkins / Alamy

Man who found Haribo's lost $4 million check is rewarded with bags of candy

vt-author-image

By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!

A man who found a lost $4 million check from the confectionary company Haribo has been rewarded with six bags of candy.

Anouar G., 38, from Frankfurt, Germany, spotted the check on the floor of a train platform as he was on his way home after visiting his mom.

He picked up the check and was left in awe at the amount of money: "There was such a large sum on it that I couldn’t even pronounce it," he told the German tabloid BILD.

The exact amount on the check was €4,631,538.80 which works out to be around $4.8 million. It was made out to Haribo from the German supermarket chain Rewe.

size-full wp-image-1263178428
Credit: Steve Cukrov / Alamy

You would think finding an amount this big would result in a huge reward, right? Well, Haribo sent Anouar six packs of Haribos to say thank you.

The company asked the finder of the money to destroy the check and to send them photo evidence of when he had done so.

Anouar obliged and then received a box containing six packs of their candy.

size-full wp-image-1263178430
Credit: Jeffrey Isaac Greenberg 16+ / Alamy

Speaking to BILD, Anouar said: "I thought that was a bit cheap". Haribo did offer the tabloid a comment as to why the reward was as little as it was.

They said: “Since it was a named check, nobody but our company could have redeemed it. It was our standard package that we send as a thank you.”

Haribo was created in 1920 in Germany by Johannes "Hans" Riegel Sr, who started off in a backyard laundry kitchen with only a sack of sugar, a marble block, a stool, a brick oven, a copper kettle, and a roller, per Forbes.

Since its conception, Haribo has gone on to become one of the largest confectionery suppliers in the world, with revenue reaching $2 billion a year.

size-full wp-image-1263178432
Credit: Jiri Hubatka / Alamy

'Goldbears' are America’s best-selling gummy bear candy and the company produces 100 million of them around the world every day.

Still a family-owned company, Haribo is currently with its third generation since it was created over a century ago.

Anouar was in possession of a $4.8 million check and only has six packs of candy to show for it, so they might just be the most expensive candy in history!

Featured image credit: Credit: Carolyn Jenkins / Alamy