Pinoy cab driver in Las Vegas returns $300,000
A Filipino cab driver in Las Vegas has returned the $300,000 cash that was left by one of his passengers at the back seat of his taxi last Monday.
According to Gerardo Gamboa, his decision to give back the money to its owner was not motivated by money and that he does not hope to be rewarded.
But the owner of the money, a professional poker player, rewarded him with $10,000.
In addition, Gamboa’s employer, the Yellow Checker Star Cab Company, gave him recognition for his honesty by naming the Filipino employee of the year. This was on top of the $1,000 cash gift and a gift certificate to a Las Vegas steakhouse given to him by the company’s chief executive Bill Shranko.
According to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the money, contained inside a brown paper bag, was discovered after Gamboa picked up a passenger at the Bellagio Casino Monday night.
A casino doorman saw the bag at the back seat of Gamboa’s taxi while assisting the passenger. He handed it to the Filipino driver who thought that it contained chocolates.
When Gamboa discovered that there were actually six bundles of cash in $100 denominations inside the paper bag, he immediately notified his dispatcher who advised him to bring the money to the taxi company’s main office.
With the assistance of the Las Vegas police and casino officials, the money was traced to the professional poker player whose identity was not divulged.