Vietnamese cabbie returns bag with $8,000

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A man hailing a Vinasun taxi in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Trung Hieu A man hailing a Vinasun taxi in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Trung Hieu


An honest driver on Monday returned a bag with around US$8,000 and other valuable belongings to a forgetful Vietnamese-American woman after she left it in the back seat of the cab on the same day.
At 8 pm, Lam Thi Ly and her family members caught a Vinasun taxi on Bui Thi Xuan Street in Tan Binh District to a pho (Vietnamese beef noodle) shop in District 1's Nguyen Trai Street.
She called the cab company after realizing the bag, which contained $8,000, an iPad, an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and her identity documents, was missing. The driver Nguyen Dung, whose age was not revealed, heard the radio call and returned the bag unopened.
Ly was informed of the found bag half and hour later and came to company office to fetch it.
It is not immediately clear if Dung was given any reward from the company and the grateful passenger.
"I almost gave up hope as I only remembered taking a seven seater. I thought it would be impossible to scour the driver out of 4,000 Vinasun cabs in HCMC," Ly was quoted by news website VnExpress as saying.
"I'm very grateful to the honest cabbie and for the keen support from the company," she said.
Vietnam’s per capita income was $1,890 in 2013, according to the World Bank.
While taxi drivers in Vietnam have gotten a bad name for meter scams and a reluctance to give proper change, a source from Vinasun said its drivers have returned more than VND3.4 billion ($160,500) worth of property to their forgetful customers in at least 681 cases this year.

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