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07/04/2007 12:51 AM ID: 63407 Permalink   

Third-World Taxi Driver Returns $17,000 to Passenger


Iluminado Boc, a motorcycle taxi driver in Manila, Philippines, was struggling to make money for his overdue rent. His financial situation only grew worse as his wife became sick.

As fate would have it, the same day she was taken to the hospital, Boc found $17,000 left behind by a passenger. Though tempting, Boc's honesty prevailed when he returned the money to police in Tagbilaran City.

The woman who lost the money had reported it to police as Boc showed up at the precinct. "It was not mine," 45-year-old Boc said. The owner gave him a $32 reward, which is seven times what a motorcycle taxi driver makes in a day.

    WebReporter: ManilaRyce Show Calling Card      
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  If I was him...  
I would have pocketed the money.
But then again I have no scruples.

Honesty does not pay.
  by: Zmethod     07/04/2007 01:20 AM     
  She should have given him  
something like $2000 at least. She normally would never have seen any of it back, kinda greedy of her not to give a substantial reward.
  by: ssxxxssssss   07/04/2007 01:26 AM     
  I would have given  
A lot more to him. $17,000 is a lot of money, but it's a tremendous amount to someone who only makes $4.50 a day!

This guy could have probably retired on that money.
  by: daniel2508     07/04/2007 01:39 AM     
absolute miracle someone returned it, would defiantly give at least one or two grand, but maybe she needed it all for a big purchase or something
  by: tiggyfiggy   07/04/2007 01:41 AM     
yeah, she probably needed it for something important, like buying expensive clothes made for pennies by children in the philippines. oh the irony.
  by: ManilaRyce     07/04/2007 06:49 AM     
  Hey, that's my money.  
So that's where I left it.
  by: walter3ca   07/04/2007 08:18 AM     
What do you mean honesty does not pay?
  by: QuestioningAnswers   07/04/2007 09:51 AM     
  Of course honesty pays  
It paid $32 here.

Its just dishonesty pays better, $17000 in this case.

So, 531.25x better,

You'll be 531.25x better off if your dishonest, that might even be true.
  by: Gogevandire   07/04/2007 10:33 AM     
  I wonder  
Does this demonstrate the gulf that exists between the first world and the third world?
  by: mosaddique   07/04/2007 10:33 AM     
What do you mean!? What do I mean?

You read what I said, if you disagree then thats your problem.

  by: zmethod     07/04/2007 02:08 PM     
YES it does. 3rd world = Honesty. 1st World = unappreciating scumbags.
  by: kinko     07/04/2007 02:56 PM     
  @ honesty doesn't pay people...  
Your lack of any ethical belief actually made me sick.

Honesty does pay.

You guys must never look at yourself in the mirror.
  by: Jediman3     07/04/2007 06:19 PM     
No, actually it is your problem. Tell me how far the thievery mindset gets you in life. I'm sure you'll be laughing all the way to the bank...

No wonder this world is in such a sad state.
  by: QuestioningAnswers   07/04/2007 08:02 PM     
All the honesty in the world won't save his sick wife or pay his overdue rent. This poor guy is hindered by his morals, I hope he doesn't suffer because of this.
  by: mkez   07/04/2007 09:32 PM     
$32 reward?! Bloody ungrateful scumbag, she would have been out $17,000 if it wasn't for him.
  by: StarShadow     07/04/2007 11:33 PM     
Well then its a good problem to have, and when I laugh all the way to the bank... I'll be in a much better position to help others than say you or any other goody two shoes.
  by: Zmethod     07/05/2007 12:09 AM     
  $17,000 is a lot  
To be carrying around for no reason. One wonders what it was for - it almost sounds like a ransom payment or drop-off. Suspicous at least.

Who is to say that the money actually belonged to the woman, either? She may have just been transporting it - $32 might have been all the cash she was actually carrying of her own.

We don't know enough facts here to make judgements on this lady.
  by: lauriesman     07/05/2007 06:05 AM     
  Noble but stupid...  
Iluminado doesn't seem to be a very bright light, mentally speaking that is. Not very streetwise.

I would have kept at least 10% to maybe 25% as some kind of finder's reward, before bringing the rest of it to the police in order to avoid geting only a minor portion as reward, as in this case. And laughed and spit in her face, if I would receive a 32 dollar "reward" by the way. Would I indeed receive a 10% finder's reward afterwards, then this money would go to a charity organisation.

A 10% reward is not regulated by Law over here, but it's some kind of unwritten gentleman's agreement. I would also consider it as some kind of "Act from God" (or any other person) to find money on the same day my wife went to hospital and my financial situation is getting worse.
So, I wouldn't bother about lacking any "ethical beliefs" at all. Yes of course, honesty does pay. But is doesn't pay the bills, only a friendly pat on the shoulder and something non-existent called "Karma". I guess Jediman3 doesn't work for a wage of only $ 4,50 a day? ;)
  by: Fonzo   07/05/2007 02:16 PM     
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