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A Las Vegas
cab driver is being praised for turning over a quarter-million dollars found
stuffed in a laptop case in the back seat of his taxi according to Foxnews.com.
Adam Woldemarim was cleaning out the back seat of his vehicle last month
when he noticed something between the seats, the Las Vegas Journal-Review
reported. Woldemarum discovered a black soft laptop case with $221,510 inside,
according to the newspaper.
The Ethiopian-born taxi driver, who knows only a little English, immediately
called a friend who had driven the cab earlier that day and asked if the money
belonged to him.
When he was told that it did not, Woldemarim notified authorities, who later
determined that the cash belonged to a man who had won big at the Wynn and had
accidentally left the money behind on his way to the airport.
Authorities later called Woldemarim back to their office to meet the man,
who has not been identified. He reportedly thanked the cab driver and handed
him a $2,000 tip.
Woldemarim's friend, however, said they were surprised that he was not given
more for his good deed.
"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 cabdrivers
like us abuse tourists or they long haul their customers or we're just here
causing problems and we don't belong here," one friend, Alex
"Baharu" Alebachew, told the newspaper.
"They never see the good side to us, the honest
side. If you can just print that, that would be nice," he said.
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