Man forgets thousands of dollars in toilet

BERLIN Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:20pm EST

Euro coins and notes are shown in this file photo dated December 11, 2001. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Euro coins and notes are shown in this file photo dated December 11, 2001.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A German businessman lost more than 10,000 euros ($13,000) in a plastic bag after forgetting the cash in a public toilet, authorities said on Thursday.

Hesse state police said the man took the "five-figure" sum with him as he stopped to relieve himself in a motorway service station near Haiger in western Germany. He then drove off.

A police spokesman said it was not clear why the man took half an hour to notice his loss -- by which time the money had gone.

(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Phakamisa Ndzamela)

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