Excavator operator gets $2,000 after outcry

Excavator operator gets $2,000 after outcry
John Erik Tveitdal shows off the money he found in the safe he broke open. Photo: Norsk Gjenvinning Group
The businessman who mistakenly dumped an old safe containing 117,000 kroner ($19,200) at a recycling centre has given a 12,000 kroner reward to the excavator operator who cracked it open and found the money.
"The person who owns the money called and said I should get a reward, so I'm happy with it. It was easy money," John Erik Tveitdal (22), who found the money several weeks ago, told Norway's VG newspaper. 
Tveitdal's employer, Norsk Gjenvinning Group, easily located the owner, a local businessman whose name was printed on the bags,  and passed him the money more than a fortnight ago. 
It was only after the story was published on Monday, generating a chorus across Norway calling for Tveitdal to receive a reward, that the businessman got in touch. 
For obvious reasons, the man wants to remain anonymous. 

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