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)

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)