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

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 - Page 10

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)