First published on 2 Jan 2013. Updated on 3 Jan 2013.
One of the big stories recently was how a the taxi driver found a black bag containing $1.1 million in the backseat of his cab and returned it to its owners. Firstly, I find it a little hard to believe and I have a feeling it’s all a gimmick, a feel-good story. And secondly, people who don’t treasure or keep track of their money – especially if its $1.1 million – don’t deserve it!
That said, finding things left behind by our passengers is a common occupational hazard for us, and we don’t always get the chance to return them. Amazingly, in my 15 years as a taxi-driver, the only incident where I’ve actually found any money was a wallet belonging to a Japanese tourist a few years ago. It contained some credit cards and about $200, which I left at the hotel he was staying at. But things like umbrellas and handphones, I get those all the time. There are also less common items I’ve been left with like boxes filled with heavy books, badminton racquets and an assortment of junk. Here are my top three most memorable finds:
1. A baby pram left behind in my boot. I can’t believe the family who took my cab actually forgot something as big as that. The mother was even carrying the baby as they walked off.
2. A plastic bag filled with fruit, mostly dukus. I was hungry and ate the lot – they made for a very nice afternoon snack. I just pity the poor guy who was looking forward to eating his fruit!
3. One time, after a couple had alighted, I spotted a longish, blue box wedged in the backseat. I thought it was cigarettes, but upon closer inspection, it turned out to be an unopened box of condoms – Durex brand, I think. In case you were wondering, no, I didn’t use them. I showed the box to a group of taxi driver friends and gave it to the one who wanted it most.
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