Honest Vietnamese taxi driver returns bag filled with $26,500 left by forgetful passenger

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese company says it's lucky an honest man was driving the taxi cab where a forgetful employee left a bag with about $26,500 in the back seat.

Nguyen Thi Thuy Lien, human resources officer for Cuu Long Petro Gas Service Transportation JSC in Ho Chi Minh City, says the passenger left the bag in the cab last week. It had important documents as well as the money in three currencies.

The passenger called the cab company after he realized the bag was missing. The 23-year-old driver, Doan Thanh Xuan, heard the radio call and returned the bag unopened. He was given a $100 reward from the company and grateful passenger.

The average monthly income in Vietnam is about $80.