A Boston taxi driver was rewarded with $100 after returning $187,000 cash that was left behind in his car (video below).
Raymond MacCausland, 72, was driving a homeless man to his hotel on July 2, the Boston Globe reported. The homeless man had recently inherited some money after living in a shelter for six months.
The homeless man left his backpack full of money in the backseat. MacCausland took the bag to the hotel’s front desk. When he unzipped the bag to find the owner’s name, he found $187,786.75 in cash.
“I’ve never seen money like that before. It was quite a sight when they dumped it on the table,” MacCausland told the New York Daily News.
MacCausland said three thoughts ran through his head when he saw the money. First, he wondered if the owner was dangerous and after him for the money. Second, he wondered if he should keep the money.
The cab driver decided to go with his third idea, which was to turn the money in to the police station.
“That’s the way I am,” MacCausland said. “I don’t steal anything; I’ve never been a crook. It would have been nice to see a lot of money like that, though — probably changes lives.”
The money found its way back to the homeless man. For his honesty, the homeless man gave MacCausland a $100 reward. MacCausland was disappointed.
“I thought maybe he would give $500 or $1,000, maybe one of those bundles,” he said.
Still, MacCausland drove the homeless man back to his hotel once again. He admitted he was hoping the man would forget his money again.
“I don’t know if that’ll happen again in my lifetime,” he said.
This isn’t the first time MacCausland has had such an incident. Some 30 years ago, he found a briefcase with $10,000 inside at an airport. When he returned the money to its owner, the owner did not give him any reward.
"This hackney driver exhibited exemplary behavior and his honest deed should be recognized," Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement.
MacCausland, who’s been a taxi driver for 50 years, said he would have returned the money even if he knew he wasn’t going to get anything in return.
“I think it was the right thing to do,” he said. “A lot of people said, ‘You should have kept it,’ but I couldn’t do that.”
President of Independent Taxi Operator’s Association Larry Meister said that’s just the kind of man MacCausland is. He said MacCausland is a “very honest, good guy.”
“Believe me, he could use the money, he’s not a very rich man,” Meister said.