An honest taxi driver in Dubai who returned Dh36,000 (£6,050, $9,800) to a passenger left behind in his cab received a reward of Dh10 (£1.68, $2.72) in return. But the small reward doesn’t bother him, says Shaaban Ali, the Pakistani cab driver, employed with Arabia Taxi.
“I have to admit I felt a little bad because I spent a lot of time trying to track the passenger down and even spent more than an hour waiting at our office for him to come and collect the money. But I would have returned the money with or without the reward, so it doesn’t matter.”
The incident happened a few days ago. Ali’s cab was hailed by the passenger, a Saudi Arabian national, to go from Al Ghusais to Gold souq. After leaving him at the destination, Ali took another passenger. Along the way, he noticed the bag, close to the door.
After doing a few rounds of the area searching for the passenger without luck, Ali took the bag to his office. “The bag contained Dh36,000, the man’s passport and some other documents.” After he was informed, the passenger came to the office an hour later and collected his belongings. “He told me thank you and handed me Dh10,” said Ali, with a smile.