A Las Vegas cab driver played it honest and smart when he returned $300,000 found in a briefcase in his cab after a gambler accidentally left it there. And for his trouble he received a $10,000 reward from the grateful man as well as $1,000 from his employer, along with the title of "Driver of the Year" and an expensive dinner for two. NBC News reported on Dec. 27 that the Yellow Checker Star Cab Company revealed that the poker player who left the money behind had figured out what he did.
So if the cabbie had not been honest it could have went badly for the man, especially if the professional poker player had not been honorable himself. But as it turned out, Gerardo Gamboa is $11,000 richer, now nationally-recognized as an honest cabbie and soon will be sitting down to a fine dining experience courtesy of his employer.
My dignity is not for sale," the cabbie said, explaining why he didn't just keep the money.
The Las Vegas cabbie's good fortune isn't an everyday occurrence for the honest and hardworking men and women around the nation. But it is a good reminder that sometimes honesty really does pay off materially, even if it is only occasionally.
Fortunately, while the average person doesn't have the opportunity to connect with anyone carrying around $300,000 in a briefcase after they've played poker, there is always the opportunity to enter a free sweepstakes contest to increase your odds of winning such a windfall.
Dream homes, dream cars and cash in the amount of $10,000 to a million dollars are all up for grabs in the new year from HGTV, Jeep and Publishers Clearing House. And there is no cost to enter.