A Polish man who accidentally left his Christmas bonus in a London pub has been reunited with the cash following a social media campaign to track him down.
When a member of staff at the Alexandra pub in Wimbledon, south-west London, discovered a brown envelope containing hundreds of pounds beneath a chair last Thursday, managers Sarah and Mick Dore launched an online appeal in hopes of returning the money to its rightful owner.
The only information the couple had to go on was the name “Mariusz” scribbled on the envelope.
Posting a photo to Facebook with the name concealed, the managers wrote “If this person can tell me which bar it was in, what the name on the front is and how much cash [is] in there…they can come and get it.”
The Dores announced on Wednesday that after millions of people from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines viewed and shared the message via Facebook and Twitter, the £600 pay packet was returned to the correct Mariusz.
“In probably the most understated and anti-climatic end to a saga in history, Mariusz walked into our sports bar and said ‘I’m Mariusz and I think you’ve got my money’,” the Dores said.
Mariusz, who returned home for Christmas and does not use social media, said he was alerted to the campaign by his son.
He was able to confirm which chair he’d sat on and the amount contained in the envelope “to the penny”.
“It is 100 per cent him,” the managers said.
The “incredibly relieved” worker had not informed his wife he had lost his wages as “he didn’t want [any] stress over Christmas” said the couple, who revealed that Mariusz left a “hefty tip” for the bartender who found the money.