Spain's news in English

Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Generous 'Robin Hood' figure mystifies Spanish village

Share this article

Generous 'Robin Hood' figure mystifies Spanish village
Screenshot Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves/Google Maps
15:17 CET+01:00
Residents of a tiny Spanish village have been left mystified by an anonymous donor who leaves envelopes of cash in postboxes or under people's doors.

Since Wednesday last week, around 15 people in Villarramiel, northern Spain, have received envelopes containing up to €100 in notes, Mayor Nuria Simon told AFP.

Locals are trying to work out why a group of apparently unconnected people in a village of just over 800 residents have been singled out for the gifts.

Some Spanish news reports have labelled him the "Robin Hood of Villarramiel".

"We're all bewildered and expectant as we don't know where this money comes from or who the benefactor is," said Simon.

"We don't know what the intention is."

While some got their banknotes in a brown envelope, others also received messages including the recipients' names, addresses and phrases, such as "The princess of the household" -- complete with a heart, Simon said.

"A widow living with her son, couples with small children, elderly couples, middle-aged couples without kids...", she said. There is no obvious link between recipients.

Some of those who received the money have gone to the police or the bank to report it, and to check that the banknotes are real: they are.

No police investigation has been opened because, so far as anyone is aware, no offence has been committed, Simon added. 

READ MORE: 'Robin Hood' restaurant for homeless opens in Madrid

 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

Get a month's worth of your favourite newspapers and magazines - for free

Readly - the 'Spotify of magazines' - is offering readers of The Local a free month's worth of unlimited all-you-can-read magazines. All you need to do is answer one quick question.