Vegas cab driver finds, returns forgotten $300,000

Someone left $300,000 in the back of a Las Vegas taxi cab.
Posted By Kate Stanton   |   Dec. 25, 2013 at 8:31 PM   |   0 comments

Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Cab driver Gerardo Gamboa said he "wanted to do the right thing" when he saw that a gambler had left his winnings in the backseat -- six bundles of $50,000.

Gamboa found the bag after taking the unidentified passenger from the Cosmopolitan casino to the Bellagio. He called his dispatcher and dropped off the money at the taxi's office. Its rightful owner, an unnamed professional poker player, eventually stopped by to claim his winnings.

He also asked to shake Gamboa's hand and promised to send him a reward.

The honest driver said he would never have considered keeping the cash.

"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," he said. "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's good deed earned him Yellow Checker Cab's prize for Driver of the Year, $1,000 and a pricey dinner for two.

[Las Vegas Sun, CNN]

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