Monday, July 11, 2016

Was $100 a fair reward for taxi driver's honesty?

It happened during the July 4 holiday weekend in Boston, MA. Raymond "Buzzy" MacCausland has been driving cabs in the Boston area for half-a-century. He remembers how a passenger once left a briefcase containing $10K in his cab, and he returned the money. But he'll never forget this weekend. He gave a homeless man a ride to a hotel, and the man left a backpack in the cab. Buzzy took the bag back to the hotel where the man was staying, and discovered it contained $187,786.75 in cash. (The homeless man had just received a inheritance.) Buzzy immediately took the fortune to the police, who returned it to its rightful owner. The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, rewarded Buzzy by giving him a $100 bill from the bag of 187 thousand dollars. Was that a fair reward?

                                                                                                                      Credit: Matt West
Lots of folks don't think so.  Buzzy lives on Social Security and whatever he can earn driving a cab. When the folks at Royal Caribbean heard of his honesty, they called and offered him and his long-time girlfriend a free, seven-day Caribbean cruise. They're even including the airfare from Boston to the point of departure -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Bon voyage, Buzzy!

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