Poor driver returns missing property worth $48k

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Poor driver returns missing property worth $48k

A poor taxi driver in the central province of Quang Tri has returned an unclaimed property and cash in a bag, the total value of which must be VND1 billion (US$48,000), to its holder.

Dung Nguyen Van Dung teaching his daughter at home. Photo: VnExpress

Nguyen Van Dung, 34, told VnExpress that when he was waiting for a passenger at Hue-based Phu Bai Airport, he accidentally found an unclaimed bag. Inside it, he discovered 4 diamond rings, a pair of earrings, some gold, a platinum necklace, $18,000 in cash, and a tax invoice sealed by the Ho Chi Minh City Tax Bureau.

Dung noted the name and address of the taxpayer on the invoice, so he contacted the 1080 switchboard to ask for the payer’s phone number but failed. After, Dung continued to contact the HCMC Tax Bureau and was provided with the holder’s contact.

One day later, Viet and his wife, the missing assets’ owners, who hail from the city of Hue, arrived at Dung’s house to retrieve their lost property.

“I would never, honestly, have so much property even if I worked hard for my whole life,” Dung said.

“But when I thought of the troubles that the owner must be suffering, I became determined to give it back to him. After returning the bag, I felt happy and peaceful,” he added.

In a cramped house in Gio Linh District in Quang Tri, Dung said he has three children. Before switching to be a taxi driver, he had been a jack of all trades.

Dung has been awarded the title “Traffic Knight in March, 2012" by local authorities to honor his good deed.

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