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A German town has been left mystified by an anonymous benefactor, who has given away €190,000 in cash to various locals and charitable organisations, The Telegraph reports.The ‘Good Samaritan’ of the town of Braunschweig, as he has been dubbed, leaves the money in unmarked envelopes in mailboxes, tucked under doormats and once, as a priest found, between the pews of a church.
The cash, which first began appearing in November, is often accompanied with written instructions on how it should be spent.
The mysterious donor even seems to have a working knowledge of German tax law: the donations never exceed the maximum non-taxable sum of €10,000.
The first recipient of the Samaritan’s generosity was a local who had thousands of euros in cash stolen in a burglary. Since then, a soup kitchen, a seriously disabled boy, churches, day care centres, a museum, and most recently, a hospice have been among those to receive an envelope, Braunschweiger Zeitung, the local newspaper reports.
Braunschweiger Zeitung has also gained popularity, because the only thing anyone knows about the ‘Good Samaritan’ is that he reads that newspaper, since he often makes donations to people written about in it. The paper has been flooded with requests from people and groups asking that stories be written about them, but the paper’s local editor, Henning Noske, has said it will not be used, The Local reports.
While some believe the philanthropist is a criminal trying to shed ill-gotten gains, others speculate he or she is a rich person with not long to live.
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