Man returns $4.7 million check to Haribo in exchange for candy

So much for doing the right thing.

A German man who returned a check for $4.7 million to confectionery giant Haribo after finding it on a train station platform has been rewarded with a few packets of candy for his honesty, sources said on Monday.

“I thought it was a bit cheap,” Anouar G told German tabloid Bild, according to The Independent.

Earlier this year, Anouar, 38, was traveling home after visiting his mother when he saw the check on a train platform, apparently discarded and unattended.

When he took a closer look and saw that the check was for 4,631,538.80 euros, or about $4.7 million, he couldn’t believe his eyes, he told Bild.

“There was such a big sum on it I couldn’t even pronounce it,” Anouar told the outlet.

An image of the check.
The check was made out to Haribo from the German supermarket Rewe.

The check was made out to Haribo by Rewe, a German supermarket.

The Good Samaritan contacted the jelly bean makers to let them know he had found the check and the company asked him to destroy it and send proof of it.

An image of gummy bears being made.
The Good Samaritan called the return gift “cheap.”

After sending along the evidence, he was surprised to receive six packs of Haribo products a few days later, an apparently non-monetary thank you from the company.

Picture shows a box full of Haribo products.
Anouar received a box of Haribo products in exchange for his good dead.

When Anouar grumbled that the treats weren’t really enough, Haribo defended the decision, saying it was their “standard package that we send as a thank you.”

“Because it was a nominated check, no one but our company could have cashed it,” the company said. Man returns $4.7 million check to Haribo in exchange for candy


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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