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Tax man's big tip, in error

The American tax man was caught blushing after posting a tax refund cheque for $435,000 (£350,000) - to a waitress in Cleveland.

Ginny Hopkins, who has worked as a waitress for 40 years, shocked staff at the Inland Revenue Service office when she called in and indicated that she doesn’t generate the kind of income that would trigger anywhere near that amount of a refund.

Asked by her local news station if she felt like keeping it, she said no: "They'll put me in Alcatraz, working the night shift at Alcatraz. They'll reopen the place."

She is entitled to a refund of $754 (£490) – which she hasn’t yet received.

Belfast Telegraph