US tourist leaves wallet on taxi, driver takes off
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An American tourist Wednesday reported to police he had left his wallet with US$1,700 in cash, a passport, credit card and other important documents on a taxi in Hanoi before the driver drove off and could not be found.
Mark (L) said he hopes to get his passport back so he could go back to the US this weekend Photo: VNN
Mark Anthony, in his 50s and of American nationality, has been travelling to Vietnam with a friend called Van, a Vietnamese residing in the UK for a week.
According to his report, the two left a restaurant on Bui Thi Xuan Street and caught an ABC taxi to 1A Tang Bat Ho Street.
After paying VND32,000 ($1.5), the two got off.
“Seeing a wallet on the back seat, I asked Mark if it was his. He said yes and we called out loudly but the driver quickly drove off,” said Van.
Unable to remember the license plate number, the two described the taxi driver as of petite build, 1.6 meters tall and has a beard.
Mark said he hopes to get his passport back so he could go back to the US this weekend.
On the same day, a representative from the ABC taxi operator said they are inspecting all of their drivers on receiving the news.
The number on the taximeter and their descriptions will be used to verify the driver. However, the representative said it is quite difficult to find the one who drove off with the passenger’s money.
“Only our Martiz taxis are equipped with GPS. It is hard to trace the rest,” he said.
Police in Pham Dinh Ho ward are also cooperating to find out the runaway driver.