Friday, February 9, 2007

NYC Cabbie Returns Bag of Diamond Rings

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2007

(AP) A taxi driver returned a black bag carrying 31 diamond rings to a passenger who earlier had given him a 30-cent tip on an $11 ride.

Hours after Chowdhury Osman dropped off the passenger, he tracked her down through a flurry of phone calls and returned the bag, which she had left in the taxi's trunk.

The unidentified woman, who said she was a jeweler, offered a $100 reward. Osman accepted the money to cover the fares he lost while tracking her down.

Osman, a native of Bangladesh, told the New York Daily News that he didn't so much as consider keeping the gems.

"I'm a hard worker," the soft-spoken cabbie said. "I enjoy my life. I'm satisfied. I'm not going to take someone else's money or property to make me rich. I don't want it that way."

"When I find something left in my cab, and I can return it to the owner, I feel very happy. I feel proud," he said.


Olive said...

It's sad that our society is so degraded that a man doing something normal, something any honorable person would and should have done, whether rich or poor, makes the news as something so rare that we marvel at it and put it in the newspaper.

Jen said...

interesting that this person was not a native of america...

nice to hear stories like this

Olive said...

Awkward Epiphany commented: "I guess stories like that might not serve to make us happy about the world situation but merely less depressed."

True. That's one way of looking at it. I do think stories like this stand in contrast to what most people seem to take as the norm. They show us hope that there is still Light out there. And I suspect there may be more of that out there than we think ... :)

grace gunawan said...

touching and it shows that money doesn't buy happiness, or the satisfaction in life. too much of everything is bad for you anyways.