A taxi driver in Boston did the honest thing on Saturday when he found $187,000 in cash left behind by a passenger — he turned it in to the police.
Raymond MacCausland, a 72-year-old cabbie of almost 50 years, found the money in a backpack belonging to a homeless man who, according to Boston police, had just cashed his inheritance.
The passenger apparently asked MacCausland to stop at a motel and wait for five minutes, but after half an hour he had not returned. MacCausland asked after the man in the motel but was told no one had seen him. The driver then found the money while searching the backpack for I.D.
Police tracked down the passenger, who had a receipt proving the money was his.
Why did MacCausland decide to return the money? He told CNN, "That's the way I was brought up. I was told to do the right thing."
The passenger reportedly gave MacCausland $100 as a reward. The driver admitted he would have liked more, but he told the New York Daily News that he still would have returned the money even if he knew he wouldn't receive a reward.
In fact, this isn't even the first time something like this has happened. About 30 years ago, MacCausland found a briefcase filled with $10,000 in an airport. That time he didn't receive any reward.
Police Commissioner William Evans praised MacCausland's recent gesture, saying in a statement, "This hackney driver exhibited exemplary behavior and his honest deed should be recognized."