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Philadelphia Taxi Thousand Dollar Tip Follows 2-Minute Ride

By    |   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 10:53 AM

A Philadelphia taxi driver received a thousand-dollar tip just before the holidays, the cab company confirmed this week.

"This couldn’t have happened to a better person," Freedom Taxi owner Everett Abitbol said of his employee, Oumar Maiga, NBC reported

"He’s always polite, he’s always cordial. There are some people you meet that always have a smile on his face, and he’s just one of those guys."

Maiga, a married father of three, was working his usual night shift on Dec. 12 when he picked up a man for a ride that lasted less than 2 minutes. As he was dropping him off near a hotel, the passenger paid Maiga $1,000 using a credit card.

That was a 23,000-percent tip on the $4.31 fare.

 


The cab company waited 30 days for the credit card payment to clear — just in case it was a mistake, or the passenger had a change of heart. After the wait, they decided to share the story on their blog and Facebook page.

"That was kind of the reason we posted this on social media. We would love to find out who this guy is and at least send him a thank you or see what we can do from our company. He really made this guy’s year," said Abitbol.

Maiga said he will donate half of the money to a charity in his native west Africa, and use the rest to help his family.

Asked if he had a message for the passenger, Maiga responded, "You do something I'm never going to forget in my life, God bless you."



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