According to the 2000 film starring Kevin Spacey, when someone does you a favor, you dont necessarily pay it back, rather, as per the title, you: Pay It Forward.
Ursula Piëch, wife of Volkswagen group supervisory board chairman Ferdinand, appears to have wholeheartedly embraced this principle judging by a letter she sent to the Donaukurier in Ingolstadt last month.
In the letter she explained how she recently lost an expensive scarf while visiting in Ingolstadt. Having discovered her loss, she retraced her steps through the towns pedestrian zone. She doubted she would find the item.
However, to her surprise, she soon spotted the scarf, neatly folded and draped over a bicycle rack.
Since she could not thank the honest citizens of Ingolstadt directly, Frau Piëch expressed her gratitude by making an undisclosed donation to the Marienheim Kindergarten.