Taxi drivers, whether they are from New York or New Delhi, don’t have the best reputation when it comes to honesty, especially where money is concerned.
However, one man, dubbed the most “honest cabbie” in the world, returned $15,000 in cash to a forgetful passenger who left it in the back seat of his vehicle.
Adrian Quinn was shocked when 55-year-old Mohammed Nisar jumped out of his black taxicab to give him his bag back.
Quinn had been carrying the large amount of cash after cashing a check relating to inheritance from his recently deceased mother and was on his way to the a train station for a vacation.
Quinn, from Hereford in the UK, told reporters, “Losing that money would have been the end of my business. I was physically sick! I was walking across the car park when I realised I hadn’t got my bag and I panicked. I tried to flag down another taxi but they all had fares.”
Recalling how he felt when he thought he had lost all that money, Quinn added, “I was sick. My body just went into shut-down and I didn’t know what to do.. I was just in a daze. If I’d lost that bag it would have been the end of my business. We have built it up from nothing for the last nine years and we are sole traders. We don’t have the backing of banks. It is hard work, but it earns us a living.”
The honest cabbie also spoke to reporters about the incident, explaining, “He nearly had a heart attack, he was really worried! He came up to me and asked if I realised what was in the bag. He was very, very thankful. He had just bought a car but forgot the bag full of money.”
Mr. Nisar sets a high standard for taxi drivers, urging them to always be honest in such a situation.
“At the end of the day honesty is the best policy. There are some drivers who don’t return things but what is the point? If the council had not have called me and no-one had have claimed it after 12 or 24 hours I would have taken that bag straight to the police station,” he said.
[Image credit: expressandstar.com]