LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) -- A Long Island woman was reunited with $5,000 in cash that she accidentally threw in the trash thanks to a little luck and the diligence of several sanitation workers.
Krishna Nadalall, 45, says his mother, Bayban, had set aside an envelope containing the cash for her mortgage payment but she couldn't find it Tuesday morning.
Hysterical over the loss, the Long Beach woman called Nadalall to report that she mistakenly threw the money away.
Nadalall, a sanitation worker himself, gathered three co-workers to help sift through the loads of trash compiled at the Merrick Transfer Station.
The group was able to recoup all but $40 of the money after some of the bills fell out of the envelope along the way.
Bayban offered a reward to the men, but they refused.