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DAD STASHES CASH IN TRASH, MOM’S DOWN IN DUMP(S)

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Kay Allen donned a hard hat and gloves and plunged into the search for missing treasure - $4,000 in family cash that wound up somewhere in 10 tons of garbage.

Her husband John Allen said he withdrew the money from a bank to buy a car for his daughter. Fearing theft, he put it in a brown paper bag and stashed it in a garbage can - thinking that was the last place thieves would look.But he neglected to tell his wife, and on Monday, the paper bag containing the cash was dumped with the family's trash into a garbage truck, mixing in with an estimated 10 tons of rubbish.

What followed was a search through a huge load of stinking garbage that eventually yielded the money.

After her husband realized the paper bag had gone out with the garbage, Mrs. Allen showed up at the county trash transfer facility at nearby Gibsonton in the Tampa Bay area. She was joined in her search by four county workers.

County crew manager Spike Charles said he and his workers had dumped the entire truckload of garbage onto the transfer terminal floor and had about given up hope, but after four hours Mrs. Allen came up with the bag of money.