Cabbie Returns Passenger's $222K

Vegas gambler pays him $2,000
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2012 1:29 AM CDT
Updated Oct 10, 2012 2:00 AM CDT
Adam Woldemariam: He'd probably be smiling if he was given a bigger 'finder's fee.'   (Las Vegas Sun/AP)

(Newser) – Say you find $222,000 in your cab. What do you do? You get it back to the passenger who left it, right? That's what cabbie Adam Woldemariam did when he found a laptop case stuffed with the cash in his taxi last month. Woldemariam, 42, described as a "big and honest teddy bear of an Ethiopian cab driver" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, turned the money in to the cab company's security office, and the owner of the bucks showed up soon after. The passenger said he won the money at a casino, but forgot it as he left the taxi at the airport—and paid Woldemariam a rather measly $2,000 for his trouble. Generous Woldemariam plans to send some of the cash home to Ethiopia to his family.

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