Honest cabbie returns cash left in taxi
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.