Burger King staff finds backpack with $100,000 in it

The owner of a Burger King in San Jose made a whopper of a discovery Wednesday when he found a backpack stuffed with $100,000 inside his restaurant.

A restaurant employee first spotted the backpack while cleaning a booth inside the restaurant in the 1300 block of North Bascom Avenue, owner Altaf Chaus said.

Hours later, the backpack remained untouched and no one had come into the restaurant to claim it.

The employee notified Chaus, who then took a peek inside the backpack in the hopes of finding its owner.


“I opened the bag and was like, ‘Whoa, that was a lot of money,’” he said.

Stacks of cash held together by rubber bands filled the backpack.

Chaus said he didn’t think twice about picking up the phone and calling police to report the cash-laden backpack. The bag’s owner, he reasoned, likely worked hard to earn it.

“That was very big experience for me,” he said. “It was shocking.”


He added: “I have never seen that much money.”

As to why the backpack had so much cash in it -- that remains a mystery.

Inside the bag, police found a Wells Fargo bank slip, showing that someone withdrew $200 to $300 and only had $7.95 remaining in their bank account, Chaus said.

San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol said investigators are looking for the the backpack’s owner and have booked the cash at the department’s found property lockup.

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