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Honest cabbie returns passengers’ fortune
誠實計程車司機拾金不昧 歸還乘客鉅款

Cab driver Sia Ka Tian is pictured with his taxi in front of ComfortDelgro transport company in Singapore on Nov. 20 last year.
計程車司機謝嘉典去年十一月二十日於新加坡康福德高運輸公司,站在其計程車旁留影。

Photo: AFP / ComfortDelgro
照片:法新社/康福德高企業集團

A taxi driver in Singapore has been praised for remarkable honesty after handing in 1.1 million Singapore dollars (US$900,000) which he found in the back of his cab.

Sia Ka Tian, who is 70 and has been driving taxis around Singapore for more than 30 years, had just dropped off a Thai couple who were on holiday in the city.

He then found a black paper bag on the back seat. Inside was 1.1 million Singapore dollars (US$900,000).

“When I saw the money, I thought, trouble is here. I was sure there was at least 200,000 [Singapore dollars] in the bag,” Sia said in an interview with the Singapore Straits Times.

He immediately took the stash of thousand-dollar bills to the local lost property office. He and his colleagues counted it and discovered how much was really there.

“The money is unimportant to me. It doesn’t belong to me, so how can I use it?’’ he said to the newspaper.

According to local media reports, the driver has been rewarded for his honesty and will be given an award by his company.

(Liberty Times)

一名新加坡計程車司機在把在他的計程車後座發現的一百一十萬星幣(約九十萬美元)交出來後,因其拾金不昧而受到讚揚。

現年七十歲、在新加坡各地開計程車已超過三十個年頭的謝嘉典,才剛把一對來新加坡度假的泰國夫妻送下車。

然後他就發現後座有一個黑色紙袋,裡面有一百一十萬星幣(九十萬美元)。

「當我看到那些錢,我想,麻煩大了。我深信袋子裡至少有二十萬元(星幣),」謝嘉典在接受《新加坡海峽時報》訪問時說。

他立刻把這一大疊千元紙鈔交給當地的失物招領辦公室,他與同事合力清點,才發現總共有多少錢。

「這些錢對我來說並不重要。那不是我的,所以我怎能動用?」他告訴該報。

據當地媒體報導,這名司機因其誠實獲得獎勵,所屬公司將頒獎表揚。

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. hand in v. phr.

交出;遞出 (jiao1 chu1; di4 chu1)

例: After years of hesitation, Tom finally handed in his resignation.

(猶豫多年後,湯姆終於遞出辭呈。)

2. drop off v. phr.

讓某人下車 (rang4 mo3 ren2 xia4 che1)

例: She dropped off her kids at school.

(她開車送小孩上學。)

3. belong v.

屬於 (shu3 yu2)

例: Do not take that book home because it belongs to the company.

(請勿將那本書帶回家,因為那是公司的。)


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