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Bus conductor who returned 1 million baht rewarded by admirer, not doctor who owed her

A former Chulalongkorn University professor gave THB15,000 in cash (USD450) out of his own pocket as a reward to Sumon Matidul, 50, the bus conductor who found and returned THB1.1 million cash (more than USD29,000) to a passenger, who showed his gratitude by rewarding her with just two bags of candy earlier this week.

While many people praised Sumon, Asst. Prof. Theeraporn Verathaworn, a former lecturer at at Chulalongkorn’s Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy Statistics, rewarded the conductor with his own money as an encouragement for her honesty yesterday.

The bus driver who works with her, Pannawit Chalongnatesodsai, also received THB5,000 cash (USD150) as a reward from Theeraporn. The money was handed to them in a small ceremony at the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority’s office.

On Sunday, Sumon, conductor on Bus No. 511, filed a police report that a passenger had forgotten a backpack filled with THB1.1 million in cash. The passenger, who was only identified as a 33-year-old gynecologist, was slammed by netizens for not giving Sumon a cash reward.

He later called the conductor to apologize and said the money was to pay his family’s debt, which Sumon said she completely understood.




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