Cabbie returns THB100,000 to tourist, turns out money was for cancer treatment

Photo: JS100
Photo: JS100

A Suvarnabhumi taxi driver returned cash worth nearly THB100,000 to a tourist from Myanmar on Monday, who later revealed the money was for his wife’s cancer treatment.

Adding to the list of tourists who have forgotten stacks of money in Thai cabs and the Bangkok taxi drivers who have returned the funds, Charin Sinsiri found two red purses containing money in three different currencies in his cab: USD2,500; GBP100; and MMK275,000 on Sunday.

Charin told police that he assumed the purses belonged to the four Myanmar tourists who took his taxi to Sukhumvit Soi 1, so he drove back to the drop-off spot to locate them.

As Charin was searching for them, he received a call from the tourists, who had his information from the taxi kiosk ticket, so they arranged a meeting on Monday morning.

One of the men, Waw Lay, rewarded the honest taxi driver with an undisclosed amount of cash and thanked him. The tourist said he needed the money to pay his wife’s medical bills. She is suffering from stage 4 cancer.

Suvarnabhumi Police advised people to always keep their taxi tickets. Airports of Thailand also has a 24-hour hotline, reachable by dialing 1722, for passengers to report missing items, JS100 reported.

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