Honesty is the best policy, they say, but in Hashim Abbas’s case it didn’t even elicit a simple ‘thank you’.
The Ajman Municipality employee was shocked and surprised when he realised Dh5.2million was deposited into his bank account instead of the Dh5,200 in monthly salary.
He had gone to the ATM on Sunday evening to withdraw Dh2,500, but the huge figure flashed before him.
The 51-year old Sudanese national couldn’t believe his eyes and punched the ATM keys to check again: the Dh5.2million was still there, teasing him to take it all.
Gathering his wits about him, he withdrew only the Dh2,500 he needed for family expenses and hoped that by next morning the bank would realise its mistake.
He headed to the machine on Monday. His account was still swollen with the unexpected funds, so he went to a branch of the bank and informed the teller. ‘‘She was shocked and rushed to the manager, then came back and told me the bank was sorry for the error.’’
‘‘The manager didn’t have the courtesy to come out to thank me. Such behaviour will encourage people to be dishonest and run away with money which is not theirs. I didn’t want anything from them, only a word of thanks.”
Abbas, a father of two sons aged 19 and 21, has lived and worked in Ajman for 15 years. Both his sons had to discontinue their degrees in dental medicine and engineering because he couldn’t afford it.
‘‘I will never feed my children with money that does not belong to me. Easy riches will make me less happy and more fearful. All I want is God’s blessings and the love and respect of those around me.’’