Thai cabby re­turns 320,000 baht in lost cash to Amer­i­can tourist

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

A THAI cabby has been praised for his hon­esty af­ter he re­turned more than 320,000 baht (K14.9 mil­lion) in cash to a re­tired Amer­i­can po­lice of­fi­cer who left the money in his cab on Tues­day.

The re­turn of the lost money by taxi driver Veer­aphol Klam­siri to Jerry Allen Hart, the owner of the bag, was wit­nessed by Pol Col Viroj Tad­sor, su­per­in­ten­dent of Su­varn­ab­humi air­port and air­port of­fi­cials on Tues­day night.

Veer­aphol, 57, said he found the money in a small cloth bag un­der his seat while clean­ing his cab on Tues­day morn­ing af­ter driving a for­eign pas­sen­ger to Su­varn­ab­humi air­port and another pas­sen­ger to an in­ner Bangkok area. He opened the bag and found a bun­dle of money with a num­ber writ­ten on top: “9800 US dol­lars’’ – about 320,000 baht.

He im­me­di­ately alerted Jor Sor 100, a traffic ra­dio sta­tion, to help find the owner of the bag. Later on Tues­day evening, he was con­tacted by air­port po­lice, who told him an Amer­i­can tourist had filed a com­plaint with po­lice that he had lost his bag while trav­el­ling to the air­port. The driver then drove back to the air­port to re­turn the money to its owner.

A smil­ing Jerry Allen Hart, a for­mer Amer­i­can po­lice of­fi­cer, was de­lighted to get his money back. He thanked the taxi driver for re­turn­ing his lost bag and praised him for his hon­esty. He said he was not ex­pect­ing to see the money again un­til he re­ceived the good news from po­lice.

The Amer­i­can tourist said he had trav­elled to Thai­land five times and had con­sid­ered spend­ing the rest of his life in the coun­try since so many Thai peo­ple were polite and full of smiles. Af­ter this in­ci­dent, he said, he was cer­tain he would spend the rest of his life in the king­dom.

Photo: Bangkok Post

Thai taxi driver Veer­aphol Klam­siri points to where he found the bag left in his cab by an Amer­i­can tourist.

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