MORE than $1500 is a fairly significant tip to leave a cabbie, regardless of how friendly the service may have been.
But local taxi driver and all-round gentleman Ian Roberts connected the dots last week after a man had hailed a ride in his cab from the rank outside Westpac on Goondoon St.
Upon the man's departure from the cab, Mr Roberts noticed a wad of cash - $1550 to be precise - down the side the of the passenger seat.
The honest driver didn't think twice when he saw the cash. He headed straight for the depot to report the lost dosh.
"There was a few dollars there, a fair bit more than a tip they might have left for me," Mr Roberts said with a laugh.
"My first instinct was that it was someone's hard-earned cash sitting there so of course I had to return it."
Blue and White Taxis chairman Allan Rowe said Mr Roberts had headed to the base to report the incident, before the company was in touch with Westpac to return the cash to its rightful owner.
"The guy hailed Ian outside the bank," Mr Rowe said. "He took him downtown and then Ian found the cash, so we got it to Westpac and they sorted it out."
Mr Roberts said he was surprised the money had been misplaced in such a short space of time.
"He hailed me as he walked out with the money and he only went down to the valley (nearby shopping centre) and lost the money," he said.
"Westpac asked us whether anyone had found a large amount of cash in the cabs and luckily we had it."
For employees who regularly put up with abuse, drunken behaviour and people trying to short change them, Mr Roberts was proof that the cabbies operating in town were generally hard-working, decent people trying to make a living, Mr Rowe said.
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