A lucky couple had a narrow escape after hiding cash in an old slow cooker almost proved a very expensive mistake, according to a new report.
For the couple were left in a stew after their stash of savings being stored in a slow cooker ended up at the council tip by mistake.
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The couple from Bracknell, Berkshire, who did not wish to be named, had squirrelled away around £1,500 in cash which the wife had kept in their slow cooker for safe-keeping.
However, it turned out to be such a good hiding spot that when her husband carried out a January tidy-up, he included the appliance in a trip to the recycling centre.
The mistake was only discovered a couple of days later when the husband asked his wife where the cash was kept so that he could take it to the bank.
As soon as they realised what had happened, the couple rushed to the re3 Recycling Centre, in Longshot Lane, Bracknell, where staff instantly offered to help .
The small electrical appliances bay, where the slow cooker had been deposited, had since been scooped up into a large container of waste. The re3 team had the container emptied so that they could pick through the contents by hand.
The money had fallen out of the slow cooker and had dispersed throughout the rest of the waste, but staff spent nearly two hours picking out cash note by note, and were able to retrieve over £1,300.
The rest of the money had disappeared among the mountain of waste. The couple have since written to the recycling centre staff expressing their gratitude who 'stopped at nothing' to locate their money.
Chairman of re3's Joint Waste Disposal Board, Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes said: "This is not the first time that re3 staff have gone the extra mile to help residents retrieve items that have been brought to the recycling centres by mistake.
"I am so pleased that this story had a happy ending, and we have the Bracknell re3 Recycling Centre team to thank for that."