Million Dollar Mattress Sent To The Dump
Updated : Jun 11, 2009
An Israeli woman who bought her elderly mother a new mattress threw out the old one unaware that it had $1m (€716,000) hidden inside it.
Israeli newspapers reported yesterday that the woman was left scrabbling through landfill sites in an, as yet, fruitless search for the mattress which contained her mother's life savings.
The woman, identified only as Anat, a resident of Tel Aviv, said that she bought the mattress on Monday as a surprise for her mother and got rid of the other one without telling her.
When she realised her mistake she rushed outside to look for the mattress but found it had already been taken by the rubbish collectors. Subsequent searches at three different landfill sites turned up nothing.
The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot published a picture of the woman searching through refuse at a dump in southern Israel. Yitzhak Borba, the dump manager, said that his staff was helping the woman but the mattress was hard to find among the 2,500 tonnes of rubbish arriving at the site every day.
For her part, Anat is displaying an admirable stoicism. "People have to take everything in proportion and thank God for the good and the bad," she said.