A German man who found a lost check worth more than $4 million inside a bag of Haribo Sweet Giants is disappointed with the company’s “cheap” reward.
The man, identified by Daily Mail as Anouar G., 38, of Frankfurt, said we was sent a box of gummies valued at just over $6 for returning the check worth $4,631,538.80 Euros ($4.05 million USD).
The check was reportedly issued to Haribo from the supermarket group Rewe and was inexplicably misplaced.
“There was such a large sum on it that I couldn’t even pronounce it,” Anouar told local media outlets via Daily Mail.
Anouar contacted Haribo and was told by a company attorney to destroy the check and send photographic proof showing that he complied with the order.
The 38-year-old did so and was sent a box containing six bags of Haribo candies several days later, which he said he “thought was a bit cheap,” as he believes he saved the company millions.
A representative for Haribo disagreed, telling local media outlets that that “nobody but our company could have redeemed it” as it was a named check.
“It was our standard package that we send as a thank you,” Haribo added via Daily Mail.
The German-based company is one of the most recognizable gummy candy brands worldwide with an estimated revenue between $1.7 and $2 billion.