Today's award goes to the municipal officials of Abu, a town in Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan. A tip o' the hat to Francis Turner, who posted the link on MeWe.
Last month, the town ... sent 100,000 yen [about US $768] each to 463 low-income households affected by the pandemic.
But in the process, they mistakenly transferred an additional lump sum of 46.3 million yen [about US $355,000] to a single household.
Red-faced officials immediately visited the recipient, who has not been identified, and were told the money would be returned.
But despite frantic follow-up letters and calls, there was no sign of the money.
When they finally made face-to-face contact again, according to a letter released by the mayor, the recipient admitted having "moved the money and being unable to return it but said they were willing to atone for the sin."
The incident has made headlines in Japan, with the local mayor releasing a video of apology to his constituents, saying he was "deeply sorry" for the mistake.
There's more at the link.
Well, I guess that's one "low-income household" that's suddenly in a whole new tax bracket! I'd have given back the money, though. It's not enough to make it worthwhile to disappear with it and start an anonymous new life of luxury somewhere else.
Still, I'd love to know how the recipient proposes to "atone for the sin". Treat the town to the Japanese equivalent of a cook-out or barbecue, complete with banners reading "Sorry!" and free pole-dances? Readers are welcome to contribute their suggestions in Comments.