Hon­est cab­bie re­turns cash left in taxi

7 Days in Dubai - - BUSINESS -

A man who left about $187,000 in cash in a taxi has been re­united with his money thanks to an hon­est cab­bie. Ray­mond ‘Buzzy’ MacCaus­land, a driver for the In­de­pen­dent Taxi Oper­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion in Bos­ton in the US, picked up a customer who has 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 hos­tel to look for him. Un­able to find the man, even with the help of the hos­tel staff, MacCaus­land looked in the bag for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. There he found bun­dles of $50 and $100 dol­lar bills (pic­tured). He 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 re­ward. “This hack­ney driver ex­hib­ited ex­em­plary be­hav­iour and his hon­est deed should be recog­nised,” said Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Wil­liam Evans.

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