Junk dealer re­turns gold coins found in stove

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Lifestyle -

A selfless junk dealer in south­west­ern Tur­key re­turned 100 gold coins he found hid­den away in an old stove.

Aşır Öztürk, 36, has been mak­ing a liv­ing by col­lect­ing and sell­ing junk ma­te­ri­als in Burdur for the last 20 years.

It was a usual day for him un­til he was given an old stove, oven and a re­fill­able gas cylin­der by a man named Ay­han Ya­man.

In­side the stove, he found 100 gold coins, worth al­most TL 30,000 ($7,320.12), ap­par­ently for­got­ten by the owner.

With­out any hes­i­ta­tion, Öztürk headed to Ya­man’s house to re­turn the new­found trea­sure.

“I wanted to re­turn the gold coins with­out any hes­i­ta­tion. I im­me­di­ately went to the per­son I took the stove from. The owner of the coins said: ‘I did not know what was in it’,” Öztürk said.

When he saw the coins Ya­man re­al­ized that his fa­ther had been keep­ing his sav­ings in the un­used stove.

“We never make our liv­ing with ill-got­ten money,” Öztürk said, “but I was re­ally sur­prised when I first saw the coins.”

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