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Filipino Cab Driver in Las Vegas Returns US$300K (PHP13.3M)

Photo shows Gerardo Gamboa, the taxi driver who returned a bag containing about $300 thousand to the owner, whose a gambler at Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (Photo credits: screen grab from AP/USA Today)

A cab driver in Las Vegas returned a bag loaded with bundles of cash, and his act of honesty earned him the cab company’s distinction as “driver of the year.”

Gerardo Gamboa, 54, a native of Mabalacat, Pampanga but now a resident of Nevada, found the brown paper bag with the money after dropping off his passenger,who was apparently a gambler who won big. The 13-year cab driver for Yellow Checker Star, picked up the passenger from the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino and dropped him off at the Palms Palace.

After picking up another passenger, a hotel doorman noticed the bag and called Gamboa’s attention to it.  Gamboa first thought it was a bag of chocolates.  When he looked at the contents, he was surprised to see six huge bundles of $100 bills worth $50,000 each.

Photo shows Gerardo Gamboa, the taxi driver who returned a bag containing about $300 thousand to the owner, whose a gambler at Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (Photo credits: screen grab from AP/USA Today)

Gerardo Gamboa, the taxi driver who returned a bag containing $300K.  The owner was a gambler at Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (Photo credits: screen grab from AP/USA Today)

He then told his passenger, “You are my witness on this,” and called his dispatcher right away.

Gamboa secured the money-bag and surrendered it to his employer.  The taxi company started its investigation to track down the bag’s owner though Cosmopolitan’s records, whose identity was also confirmed by policemen before being declared as the rightful owner.

The owner of the money, who was playing at the Cosmopolitan before losing the bag of cash, informed Yellow Checker Star he wanted to see Gamboa and reward the taxi driver for his honesty.

However, Gamboa said, “If he doesn’t give me anything, that’s okay. I’m not waiting for any kind of return. I just wanted to do the right thing, and I appreciate what the company did for me.”

Yellow Checker Star awarded Gamboa some perks, including a bonus worth $1,120, and dinner for two at an exclusive restaurant.  The taxi company also named him “Driver of the Year”.

Aside from good karma, Gamboa has become an instant celebrity after fielding interviews from several major US news outlets.

Source 1, Source 2, Source 3

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  • Saulo Santua Nulo

    nice manong…

  • Saulo Santua Nulo

    Buti hindi si Napoles nakakakuha nyan…

  • Kalibrico

    Buti pa yung mga taxi drivers na kung ituring ay kulang sa aral pero matapat, kesa sa mga politco at negosyanteng may mga degreeng ipinagmamalaki pero kumukuha ng mga bagay na hindi naman sa kanila at ipinagmamalaki pa!

    • ditz angel

      tama kayo dyan!

  • Laquian Celeste

    U r hero honest person mabuhay ka kabayan

  • ditz angel

    sana mga govt officials sa tin gaya nya! kung lahat ng govt officials sa tin ganyan, uunlad ang Pinas! God bless you our kabayan! dahil sa inyo, pinapaganda ninyo ang image ng pinoy!

  • noel trillo

    I SALUTE YOU.

  • realtalk

    I salute you sir sana dumami ang katulad mo dito lalo na mga govt official haays.. Sus kung dito sa pinas nangyari yan wag ka ng umasa bumalik ang pera mo. may magsasabi na hindi rin baka malay mo. And the chances are like what? 0.00001%. Cellphone na bulok ninanakaw pa 300k $ pa kaya? na naiwan lang c’mon.

  • Tintin Catolico

    You really inspire me sir!you are really a filipino!i hope everyone do the same way as you do!i know it’s really a big money that can possible help you and your family but you don’t think of it!but you choose to be a great one!keep being honest and humble!so kind of you!may Godbless you!kip healthy!:)

  • Rambo Villarey

    He returns the $300k and becomes a hero for a day then will be forgotten probably maximum in a week or so, but if he kept them he would be a millionaire forever (well, depends on how he would spend it) in the PH and would help out his family. I mean come on, the “GAMBLER” left it. Isn’t that enough of a sign? Heroes for a day are forgotten but millionaires for a lifetime aren’t. He’s a good guy for sure but come on, use a tiny bit of your brain. We ain’t in a movie, this is real life.

  • John Atienza

    sana kung hindi mga magnanakaw ang mga pulitiko, pinakamaunlad na bansa na sana ang pilipnas sa asia. bakit nauso pa kasi ang pulitiko…lol