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Cab Driver Finds $250,000 Inside Cab...What happens Next?

By: Christine Kim
By: Christine Kim

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A cab driver in Las Vegas finds nearly a quarter-million dollars left in his van.

It was left behind by one of his passengers.

In a city of temptation, cab drivers know honesty goes a long way...

"That kind of money? You don't keep that."

They're constantly tested.

"I hope all the drivers do the same thing."

But they rarely come across a situation like 42-year-old Adam Woldemariam's, a cab driver of seven years.

"He didn't take anything."

Last month, Woldemariam found a black laptop case in the back seat of his van.

"I opened the case. I looked. It was money. I was surprised. I immediately drop in office."

He turned it all in.

"My proof, yeah."

To the cab company owner's lost and found department.

"The paper and $221,510 cash."

ALL $221,510.

We asked the most common question he's been answering these days: why not keep it?

"Never. Never. I can't do that. That's not my money."

It turns out, an hour after Woldemariam turned in the cash, he got a big thank you hug from the owner and a monetary reward.

"He gave $2,000. That's it."

His cab friends tease that's less than 1 percent tip.. But to him, it means a lot to his parents and 7 siblings in Ethiopia.

"...to send some money for from his family, so it's that gift -- that $2,000 means a lot to send back home."

"It's good timing."

And although it's not cash, he does have this...

"How many people have you shown that to?"

"Too many."

...And a quarter million dollar story to tell.

Woldemariam says he did use some of that reward money for himself, but he says his main goal is to keep saving enough money to see the family in Ethiopia that he hasn't seen in years.


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