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An Australian engineer is the latest happy visitor to benefit from the world renowned Thai honesty.
And he has shown the generosity of Australians in return by giving a hefty reward to the driver.
Phillips John Tony Gussy, 55, (name transliterated from Thai) mistakenly left $4,100 Aussie dollars on the back seat of a cab he took from Suvarnabhumi airport to Sukhumvit Soi 22 on Wednesday night. The money is worth about 100,000 baht.
He didn’t realize it was missing until later and when he had flown to Samui to see his Thai wife he was amazed to get a call from radio station FM 91 that a cab driver had handed in his wallet.
He flew back to Bangkok and attended a handing over ceremony at the radio station in Pahonyothin Road.
The honest cabby on this occasion was Sakhorn Luangkrathoke, 43, from Buriram in Thailand’s north-east.
After he took his passenger to Soi 22 he was in the process of picking up a woman passenger at the end of the soi when he saw the wallet on the back seat of his pink cab.
He had to turn down the new passenger and spent ten minutes trying to find Mr Gussy to no avail.
He then decided to go out of his way and hand the money into FM 91 who often arrange for missing items to be returned to passengers.
Said Sakhorn: “If I had kept the money it would have meant a few days of joy followed by a lifetime of regret and bad karma. Much better to return it”.
The Australian said that he is an engineer working for a US company based in Singapore. He has a Thai wife in Samui and has made frequent trips to Thailand over the last 5 years.
“I was shocked to get my wallet back”, he said. “It makes me feel that Thailand is an even better place to live than I thought”.
Proving Australian generosity he handed a reward of $500 Aussie dollars to the thankful cabby – 12,000 baht.
According to Thaivisa records that represents one of the largest rewards given in such cases over the last few years.
Thai Visa / Daily News