June 10, 2009
Search for $1million mattress in Tel Aviv
An Israeli woman says she purchased a new mattress for her mother's bed and chucked out the old one without realizing it contained $1 million.
Details of the incident were first published Wednesday in the Yedioth Aharonoth daily, and showed a photo of the woman sifting through mounds of rubbish in a dump outside Tel Aviv.
The woman told the newspaper only after the old mattress had been thrown out did her mother confront her and reveal her life savings had been stashed inside the mattress.
She immediately raced outside the house to search for the mattress, but the garbage had already been collected, she said. Refusing to give up, she searched three dump sites before arriving at the dump outside Tel Aviv.
Yitzhak Borba, the manager of the dump, told Army Radio he had beefed up security at the site and his staff was assisting the woman, so far to no avail. The task is difficult, he said, especially taking into account that 2,500 tons of garbage are dumped at the site daily.
By Wednesday afternoon the mattress had still not been found.