Posted by Tadesse on 10/10/12 at 4:15 pm
A Las Vegas cabbie is being applauded for turning over a quarter-million dollars he found stuffed in a laptop case in the back seat of his taxi
Adam Woldemarim found the jaw-dropping sum when he was cleaning out his car at 2 a.m. on September 2.
An honest man, the Ethiopian immigrant called up his friend, who had driven the cab earlier, to see if the money was his.
Upon learning it wasn’t, Woldemarim headed straight for the security office, where they called police and began photographing the exorbitant evidence and sent Mr Woldemarim on his way home.
But then they got a call from a twentysomething man, who had won big at the Wynn and was on his way to the airport when he left the cash in the cab.
When he returned the $221,510 dollars to the man, who hasn’t been identified, the man said, “Thank you sooooo much!”.
He then handed over Woldemarim $2,000 for his troubles.
Woldemarim said he wasn’t expecting anything, but since he works 12 hours a day six times a week for a meager $350 salary, for $2,000 he was very thankful.
However, his friends were not impressed by the sum.
“It would have been nice if my good friend got more money, but I think the most important thing here is that a lot of people think foreign cab drivers like us abuse tourists or they long haul their customers or we’re just here causing problems and we don’t belong here,” Alex ‘Baharu’ Alebachew, 50, a friend of Mr Woldemarim, said to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
To put things in perspective, the money Woldemarim got equated to a 1 percent tip.