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« on: Jan 12, 2010 09:54 PM »


Cab driver returns $21,000 to passenger

Italian tourist left purse loaded with cash for family's vacation in taxi

The Associated Press

updated 8:57 a.m. ET, Tues., Jan. 12, 2010

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. - A New York City cab driver is being praised for returning over $21,000 lost by a visitor from Italy.

Felicia Lettieri, who's 72, left her purse in a Manhattan taxi on Christmas Eve. It contained traveling money for her and six relatives.

Police told them not to get their hopes up about finding it.

The cabbie drove about 50 miles, to a Long Island address he'd found in the purse. No one was home, so he left his phone number, and later returned with the money.

Lettieri's daughter, Maria Rosaria Falonga, told Newsday from Pompei, Italy, that the cabbie also left a note.

He told her: "Don't worry, Felicia. ... I'll keep it safe."

"When I was 5 years old, my mother told me, 'Be honest, work hard and you will raise your station,' " said the driver, Mukul Asaduzzaman, to the N.Y. Post newspaper. He refused a reward.


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« Reply #1 on: Jan 13, 2010 04:03 PM »

Bangladeshi cabbie returns cash

A Bangladeshi taxi driver in New York City has gone out of his way to track down the person who left thousands of dollars in cash in the back of his cab.

Mukul Asadujjaman, a medical student, drove nearly 80kms (50 miles) to an address he found with the money.

He left his phone number when he found no one at home. The money belonged to an Italian grandmother visiting the US.

Mr Asadujjaman was offered a reward, but he turned it down saying that as a devout Muslim he could not accept it.

Felicia Lettieri, of Pompeii, Italy, and six relatives had taken two cabs on Christmas Eve, Newsday newspaper reported.

Mrs Lettieri, 72, left her purse behind, with more than $21,000 of the group's travelling money, jewellery worth thousands more, and some of their passports.

Her sister, Francesca Lettieri, 79, of Long Island, said the honest driver had saved her family's vacation.

"We really love what he did," she said.

'Be honest'

A gracious Asadujjaman was quoted by the newspaper as saying that he may be broke, but he was also honest.

"My mother is my inspiration. She always said to be honest and work hard."

Mr Asadujjaman called a friend with a car and drove some 80km to a Long Island address in the purse.

No one was at home, so he left his phone number and a note, the report said.

His phone rang a short time later and he drove back to return the bag.

"They were so, so, so happy," Mr Asadujjaman told the paper.

Asked if he was tempted to keep the cash, Mr Asadujjaman said the money would have allowed him more time to study, "but my heart said this is not good".

He also turned down a reward, saying he could not accept it as a devout Muslim, Newsday reported.

"I'm needy, but I'm not greedy," he said. "It's better to be honest."

Mr Asadujjaman is not the first honest American-Bangladeshi cabbie to hit the headlines for noble behaviour.

In 2007, driver Osman Chowdhury returned a lost bag containing diamond rings worth $500,000 to the rightful owner.

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Published: 2010/01/13 09:51:40 GMT

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« Reply #2 on: Jan 13, 2010 05:32 PM »

 salaam Br. UBAB -  I am going to be completely honest here -  When I saw this headline on the BBC, I was hoping and assuming it was a Muslim and then when I saw that he was Bangladeshi, I said "Ma'sha'allah!" Now that I read the article, I am glad he mentioned that beinga devout Muslim, he acted the way he did. I think this is a great example for us all and I hope this is noticed as the stort makes the rounds - these kind of stories should be highlighted by the media (though I'm sure it won't be). Nonetheless, this makes me feel proud. Thanks for sharing UBAB.

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 13, 2010 08:09 PM »

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the article on the first post totally neglects to mention the cabbies religion. If he had stolen the purse you can bet his religion would have been mentioned ten times in the first sentance at least!


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« Reply #4 on: Feb 17, 2011 10:53 AM »

Another NY Muslim cabbie returns 100K this time!! And don't tell me he was scared he was going to get caught. He could have kept it & said he had no idea or ppl after them took it etc...

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/02/15/jewelry-left-in-nyc-taxi-returned/


Cabbie Returns $100K Worth Of Jewelry, Cash Left In Taxi


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – To most taxi riders, $100,000 left in the back of a cab is as good as gone, but John James is a lucky man.

After returning to his apartment at the National Arts Club Sunday afternoon, James realized he forgot a bag with $100,000 worth of jewelry and cash in the back seat of a taxi cab.

“I thought that it was the end of the world, James said.

With the help of a friend in city government and a receipt he thankfully kept, James was able to track down cabbie Zubiru Jalloh.

“The man had my possessions because he took it from the backseat when new passengers got on and were, I guess, messing with my tote bag,” James told 1010 WINS. ”He asked to have it lifted up to the front seat where he protected it and then took it home.”

TLC chairman David Yassky said it was important for people to keep their taxi receipts.

“We’ve got our GPS locators in every taxi, so if you give us the receipt, we can identify the taxi cab and find if your property is still there,” he said.

James got his bag back Monday and offered Jalloh a $1,000 reward, which the cabbie reluctantly accepted. Jalloh was also asked to attend the club’s Valentine’s Day party but declined the invitation.

When presented with the fact that he could have easily lied and said there was no bag in the cab, Jalloh, who is Muslim, said “of course.”

“But that’s not me. My religion does not accept that,” he told CBS 2′s Tony Aiello.

“People in New York, you know, try to give back because the city has been so good to us and you hear such horrible stories it’s nice to hear positive ones,” James said. “People that go about their business, everyday, doing and living are the real heroes.”

This is my job — to be honest and truthful to people. That’s exactly what my religion told me. He said ‘please, have this money’ so he gave me one thousand dollars cash,”  Jalloh said.
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