Cabbie Returns $300,000 Found in Backseat of His Car in Las Vegas

Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 03:55 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A Las Vegas cabbie returned $300,000 to its rightful owner after he found the money in a paper bag in his car.

Gerardo Gamboa was surprised to find the bag in his backseat contained money and immediately turned it in to the cab company where he works, Yellow Checker Star.

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“All I wanted to do was just call my dispatcher and return it, and this is the only chance I have to show cab drivers in Las Vegas are not bad people,” Gamboa told KVVU-TV. “I don't care from $10 to higher. My dignity is not for sale, and that's the way I am. That's the way our parents taught us when I was a kid.”

The person who lost the money wasn't named but was found to be a professional poker player.

“He was grateful. ... Maybe a little more embarrassed than anything. I mean, he left $300,000 in a cab, but he was an awesome guy,” field operations manager Joel Willden told KVVU, adding that the man had been so upset about losing the cash that he considered killing himself.

The cab company named Gamboa Driver of the Year and also gave him $1,000 and a steak dinner for two.

Other such stories have resulted in financial rewards for the honest individuals. A homeless man in Kansas City, Billy Ray Harris, got over $191,000 in donations after he returned a diamond and platinum engagement ring to a woman who accidentally handed him the ring with her small change. Also this year, a Boston homeless man found $42,000 and returned it to police. More than $132,000 in donations poured in for Glen James.

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