Passengers sitting in a commuter line train in Bogor Station. (Antara Photo/Arif Firmansyah)

Honesty Is The Best Policy: Train Janitor Turns in $34,800 Found Under Seat


JULY 11, 2020

Jakarta. What would you do if you stumbled upon a stash of cash on the floor?

Kereta Commuter Line Indonesia (KCI) janitor Mujenih has gone viral on the internet for his admirable honesty.


The 30-year-old man accidentally discovered Rp 500 million ($34,800) in cash during his cleaning shift in the train on the Bogor line. Although the money could turn his life around, Mujenih decided to return it to the rightful owner.

According to Mujenih, the incident occurred last Monday at 4.00 p.m. He was assigned to mop the train floor on the fifth platform. It was then he discovered the money under one of the priority seats on the third railcar.

"The cash was stashed inside a plastic bag and was put under [the seat]. I thought it was trash. I was surprised when I saw the money in Rp 100,000 bills," Mujenih told Jakarta Globe's sister publication Beritasatu on Thursday.

Passengers onboard reportedly even kicked the plastic bag around, thinking it was trash. Without counting the money, Mujenih immediately reported his finding to the security guard on duty.

The thought of pocketing the money all to himself never crossed his mind as the cash was not his. He had also been living a modest life. Mujenih was also worried that the owner must have needed that much money for medical treatment, or to start a business.

Within ten minutes, an elderly man reported having lost Rp 500 million when he got off the train.

Mujenih said that he felt sorry for the elder as he was frail and senile. The passenger immediately received his money after completing a lost and found form. Before his report, the elder had also been searching for the fourth platform.

Passengers should also be more careful of their belonging when commuting, Mujenih said.

In his three years of working at the Greater Jakarta-based commuter line, a passenger once had left Rp 50 million on the train. 

Mujenih's picture was uploaded on Instagram account @infodepok_id, in which he was standing in front of the stash of money.

Netizens applauded the janitor for his honesty, especially in the difficult times of the pandemic. Many have also commented that Mujenih should be well-rewarded by the company for his work ethics.

Meanwhile, KCI corporate communications vice president Anne Purba confirmed of Mujenih's heroic action. The money had also been returned to the owner. However, Anne did not reveal any more detail on the timeline.

Not the First, but the Largest

According to Anne, the incident might not have been the first, but it was the largest sum found to date.

"Staffs have found Rp 40 million and gold jewelry worth tens of millions," she told local news site Kompas on Friday.

On an average day, at least eight items ranging from motor helmets, bags to valuables such as laptops are found on the train. KCI would keep any lost belonging, regardless of its worth, safely until the owner retrieves it. 

Anne said that more than 50 percent of the lost items had been claimed.

If no claim is submitted for more than two months, usable items such as clothes, tools, or food containers will be donated to orphanages and charities. Last week, the company had given the lost items to an orphanage in Cipayung, Bogor.