Honest cabbie returns ¥4.7m to Japanese tourist

Honest cabbie returns ¥4.7m to Japanese tourist

Taxi driver Prathuan Muenrung, right, returned 4.74 million yen to Watanabe Tetsuro in Bangkok on Tuesday. (FM. 91 Trafficpro photo)
Taxi driver Prathuan Muenrung, right, returned 4.74 million yen to Watanabe Tetsuro in Bangkok on Tuesday. (FM. 91 Trafficpro photo)

A Japanese tourist who caught a taxi from Suvarnabhumi airport into the city on Monday and left a bag containing 4.7 million yen cash on the back seat had his money returned to him by the cab driver on Tuesday.

Cab driver Prathuan Muenrung, 52, handed the money, equivalent to 1.27 million baht, over to Watanabe Tetsuro, 56, at the police radio station, FM 91 Trafficpro, in Bangkok. Staff at the radio station arranged  their meeting.

Mr Prathuan said the tourist had boarded his taxi at Suvarnabhumi airport and travelled to soi Thanniya, off Silom Road, where he paid his fare and got out. But he left some of his belongings behind on the back seat.

The cabbie said after he noticed the man had left some items behind he waited for a while, expecting him to quickly return and claim them.

When the passenger did not return, and another person hailed his taxi, he contacted the radio station, asking they help find the newly arrived Japanese tourist.

Mr Tetsuro thanked Mr Prathuan and rewarded him with 200,000 yen (over 53,000 baht). He said he carried so much cash because he did not like to use a credit card, and planned to visit many destinations in Thailand.


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