Honesty pays off for Las Vegas cabbie

Last updated 11:55 28/12/2013
Aouchon Gerard / YOUTUBE

A poker player who left US$300,000 in the back seat of a Las Vegas taxi has rewarded the driver's honesty.

Gerard Gamboa
HONESTY PAYS: A Las Vegas taxi driver has been rewarded for handing in $300,000 left in his cab.

Related Links

Honesty pays off for cabbie

Relevant offers

Americas

New England Patriots' Tom Brady finally spills on friendship with Donald Trump US President Donald Trump has signed order to pull out of Trans-Pacific Partnership Chelsea Clinton defends Donald Trump's son Barron, but takes a swing at president's policies Donald Trump's hotels, golf courses are a terror target, thanks to presidency Feeling forgotten by Obama, people in this Ohio town look to Trump with cautious hope Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome Death toll hits 16 as storms, tornados batter US Mike Yardley: Far left's 'duplicitous affection for the voice of democracy' over Donald Trump presidency Ethics lawyers to sue Trump over foreign payments #seanspicersays: The perfect meme for the 'alternative facts' era

A poker player who left US$300,000 in the back seat of a Las Vegas taxi made good on his promise this week, handing over a US$10,000 reward to the honest cabbie who returned the stash.

Yellow Checker Star Cab Company CEO Bill Shranko confirmed that Gerardo Gamboa had been paid by the poker player.

The cab company also honored the driver's good deed by naming him employee of the year, awarding him US$1,000 and giving him a gift certificate to a Las Vegas steakhouse.

It's unclear how Gamboa plans to spend the belated Christmas gift.

The tale, first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, started when Gamboa made a pickup at the Bellagio casino. A hotel doorman noticed a brown paper bag on the back seat and handed it to him; Gamboa thought it was candy.

The driver said he had another passenger by the time he began wondering what kind of chocolates were in the brown paper bag. He peeked inside at a traffic light and spotted the cash.

"I told my passenger, 'You are my witness on this,"' the taxi driver told the Las Vegas Sun, "and then I immediately called my dispatcher."

Gamboa took the six bundles of $100 bills to the company's main office, where Las Vegas police and casino officials linked it to the poker player.

It took several hours to verify the identity of the owner and return the cash. Authorities aren't identifying the poker player.

Before he learned about the anonymous gambler's gift, Gamboa said he wasn't in it for the money.

"If he doesn't give me anything, that's OK," Gamboa told the Sun earlier this week. "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."

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content