A German man dug a hole the size of a large mattress in a park in a vain attempt to recover a 100 Euro note he had buried a week earlier. Police in the city of Aachen at first mistook the shovel-wielding 35-year-old for a construction worker, but were suspicious because he was still digging at dusk on Wednesday.
He told them he had resorted to burying money to stop himself from buying alcohol but had decided to dig up his savings for a birthday drinking session.
He wanted to dig up the cash and have a few drinks on his birthday, a police spokesman said. "Apparently he had successfully held on to money that way several times before."
Police filled in the hole and sent the man, who did not appear to be a tramp or an alcoholic, on his way without the cash. They did not know how he spent the rest of the evening.