Taxi driver turns in N51m left be­hind in his car ...Gets N282,000 re­ward

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Aman who left about $187,000 ( about N51 mil­lion) cash in a Bos­ton taxi has been re­united with his money thanks to an hon­est cab­bie, po­lice said Tues­day.

Ray­mond “Buzzy” MacCaus­land, a driver for the In­de­pen­dent Taxi Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, picked up a fare with a cast on one leg on Saturday.

“He told me he was home­less and had been liv­ing in a shel­ter for six months,” MacCaus­land said.

At one point, the man got out of the cab to meet a friend in­tend­ing to re­turn, leav­ing a bag be­hind, the 72-year-old MacCaus­land said. MacCaus­land waited about 30 min­utes, but the man didn’t re­turn. So, he drove to the man’s ho­tel to look for him.

Un­able to find the man, even with the help of the ho­tel staff, MacCaus­land looked in the bag for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. There he found three bun­dles of $50 and $100 dol­lar bills. He im­me­di­ately drove to po­lice head­quar­ters to turn in the cash.

Po­lice found pa­per­work in­di­cat­ing that the money was part of an in­her­i­tance.

“To me that was a re­lief,” MacCaus­land said. “Be­cause I know if it wasn’t they’d come look­ing for me.”

The money was re­turned to the un­named man af­ter po­lice de­ter­mined he was the right­ful owner. The man gave MacCaus­land a $100 (about N282,000) re­ward.

“This hack­ney driver ex­hib­ited ex­em­plary be­hav­iour and his hon­est deed should be rec­og­nized,” Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Wil­liam Evans said in a state­ment.

About 30 years ago, an­other per­son left a large sum of money in MacCaus­land’s cab. A fare he drove to the air­port left a brief­case con­tain­ing $10,000 be­hind. That per­son didn’t give him a re­ward, he said.

Ray­mond MacCaus­land (pic­tured with his $100 (about N282,000) re­ward.

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