A female employer from Selangor, Malaysia, accidentally discovered her foreign domestic worker had stolen the family’s money and hidden it inside two beverage boxes before leaving the job.

The woman, who wished to stay anonymous, wrote on social media that the worker had completed the employment contract after serving the family for two years and eight months, the Lianhe Zaobao reported.

When the employers helped her departure from their home in Sungai Buloh of Petaling district on March 2, the worker insisted on taking two beverage cartons. The woman was puzzled as her maid had already packed more than 20 kilos of baggage.

The employer explained to the worker that she could not take liquids in her cabin luggage, however, the worker insisted. The employer became suspicious and ordered the worker to cut the boxes open and to empty them.

To her surprise, stacks of cash were recovered, with 23,000 Chinese yuan and S$7,000. It was discovered that during the Lunar New Year, she and her husband offered her children a S$6,000 red packet. It turned out the contents were stolen and only 10 ringgit was left inside.

The couple suspected the worker stole the money, but she denied it. The couple did not report the matter to police, but confiscated the banknotes from the worker as punishment.