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Honest cleaner gets a reward

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Forty-year-old Pornthipa Chuanchailuak works as a cleaner in a hotel at Suvarnabhumi Airport. She is very honest and that has got her a big reward. 

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A hotel cleaner has been praised after handing in more than 200,000 baht that had been left behind by a foreign guest. SUTTHIWIT CHAYUTWORAKAN

Honest cleaner gets a reward

Forty-year-old Pornthipa Chuanchailuak is from the northeastern province of Kalasin. She works as a cleaner in a hotel at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Early one morning last month, she was cleaning a room at her hotel when she found a black wallet full of money. It had been left behind by a hotel guest.

Did she keep the money?

No, she took it to the hotel receptionist. They checked it and found 210,000 baht inside. It belonged to Belgian tourist Guy Steurs, who had left the hotel around three hours earlier and flown back to his home country.

Did they keep the money?

No, they told their cleaning company. A company executive got Mr Stuers' email address from the airline that flew him to Belgium.

The man later asked his Thai wife Wilai Chairat to collect the money for him.

But she only took 190,000 baht. She gave the honest hotel cleaner 20,000 baht.

Adapted from a story by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan.

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executive: a senior manager in a business or other organisation - ผู้บริหาร

honest: always telling the truth, and never stealing or cheating - ซื่อสัตย์, สุจริต

praise: to express strong approval or admiration - ยกย่อง, ชื่นชม

receptionist: a person whose job is to deal with people arriving at or telephoning a hotel, an office building, a doctor's surgery, etc. - พนักงานต้อนรับ

reward: money that someone receives for finding and returning something or for helping the police - รางวัล

wallet: a small flat case that people keep money, bank cards, and small documents in and usually carry in their pocket or bag - กระเป๋าขนาดเล็กที่ทำจากหนังหรือพลาสติก

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