Las Vegas, Nevada – An act of honesty and valiance, Filipino cab driver in the city of Las Vegas returned with full pride a bag loaded with bundles of cash in dollars earning him the cab company’s “driver of the year” as a sweet prize for his true act.
54 year old Gerardo Gamboa, once lived and a native from the province of Mabalacat, Pampanga, who is now a resident of Nevada, according to reports, found a suspicious brown paper bag, only to found out later that it contained the large amount of money, inside his cab after dropping off a passenger, who was apparently a compulsive gambler who just won that night. The passenger was picked-up from the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino and alighted at the Palms Palace by the 13 year cab driver working for the Yellow Checker Star cab company.
Consequently after he picked-up his next passenger, the hotel doorman noticed the suspicious bag, prompting Gerardo Gamboa’s attention to it. At first he thought that it was just a bag of chocolates, it turned out that he was now holding a bag with six huge bundles of $100 bills worth $50,000 each.
“You are my witness on this,” he then told his passenger so as to secure the risky situation. Then he called his dispatcher about the situation immediately.
Gamboa kept the money bag and later surrendered it to his company. The company then started investigating who the owner was and inquired the Cosmopolitan’s records before confirming the identity of the rightful owner.
Later on, the owner of the money called the Yellow Checker Star that he wanted to see the honest cab driver and thank him for his honesty.
Still, Gerardo Gamboa humbly said in an interview, “If he doesn’t give me anything, that’s okay. I’m not waiting for any kind of return. I just wanted to do the right thing, and I appreciate what the company did for me.”
Crowning him as the “Driver of The Year,” the Yellow Checker Star prized him with other perks inclusive of a $1,120 bonus and a dinner for two at an exclusive restaurant. Also, he became an instant celebrity from field interviews of some major US news channels.