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Taxi driver returned P500,000 cash left by a passenger

Would you do the same if you found that amount of money?

There are still honest men in our midst. PHOTO FROM BARANGAY MOONWALK CITY OF PARAÑAQUE

Honesty is a rare thing these days. In a generation of fake news and rampant corruption, simply pocketing money that belongs to other people is a no-brainer. Just take a look: What would you do if you were a taxi driver and one of your passengers left P500,000 in your cab?

Would you choose to do the right thing if you found this? PHOTO FROM BARANGAY MOONWALK CITY OF PARAÑAQUE

Well, an upright man by the name of Zoilo Lagarto Erederos of EnviroCab returned the money. All of it.

According to Barangay Moonwalk City of Parañaque, the passenger sought their help in locating the driver through the aid of their CCTV cameras. When they traced the car, the 49-year-old cab driver was himself wondering how to find out who his passenger was as he wanted to take the cash back.

Good to know that.principled people still exist today. PHOTO FROM BARANGAY MOONWALK CITY OF PARAÑAQUE

We bet the passenger—named “Christine” by the barangay’s Facebook page—couldn’t believe how fortunate she was to still get her money back. As a reward for the driver’s integrity, she gave him P15,000.

Stories like this are hard to come by nowadays. But righteous people still exist, believe it or not. Individuals who, I think, have the fear of God in their hearts. May this small anecdote inspire us to do good in this life.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.