A taxi driver is being praised for his honesty after he turned over to the police some valuables and personal belongings that were left behind in his vehicle by a passenger on New Year’s Eve.
Online forums are abuzz after a cabbie named Wai Wah-man revealed on social media that he took some lost items to a police station and handed them over to authorities.
Lauding his exemplary behavior, netizens pointed to Wai’s remarks wherein he expressed hope that his action will inspire other taxi drivers in Hong Kong to always do the right thing.
In a Facebook post Sunday evening, Wai revealed that he found three wallets and a key case in a car seat after a passenger got off on New Year’s Eve, news website hk01.com reports.
One of the wallets contained banknotes worth as much as HK$40,000 in Hong Kong and Chinese currency, according to the taxi driver.
Without hesitation, he immediately took all the items to a police station and handed them over, he wrote.
Along with the post, he uploaded a copy of the property receipt issued by the police department, offering evidence of the incident.
His action apparently helped the passenger retrieve his stuff from the police station. According to Wai, the owner called him to express gratitude.
The news prompted netizens to praise Wai’s honesty, with people remarking that he has set an example for other taxi drivers.
While he won lot of positive comments from the public, Wai noted that he was mocked by some members of his own tribe for going against the usual practices in the industry.
Returned items won’t necessarily make their way back to rightful owners, some taxi drivers feel, taking it as an excuse to keep the items themselves.
Wai, however, said he hopes his action will help convince others to change their mindset.
Meanwhile, he declined to be interviewed by media, saying that he has already been accused by some people of trying to seek the limelight, Headline Daily reports.
To Sun-tong, director of The Taxi Drivers Club, warned taxi drivers against pushing their luck with regard to items left behind by passengers.
The lost property should be returned as soon as possible, To said, pointing out that owners can easily trace the culprits based on vehicle plate numbers.
Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung points out that appropriation of found-items will be considered as theft. The larger the value of the property, the heavier will be the penalty one could get, he warned.
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