NICK EICHER, HOST: You know that awful feeling you get when you realize you’ve left behind something really important or valuable? You step out of the cab, it pulls away from the curb, and then the realization is upon you.
You left it in the cab!
There’s no point running. You’re not going to catch him.
Well, consider this story from Seoul, South Korea: a passenger left behind more than $100,000: $86,000 in cash. Another $17,000 in checks! And a cell phone.
The passenger went to the police and told his story, the police called the cell phone, the cabbie answered, said I’ve got it right here, and within 10 minutes brought it all back.
This cabbie, Lee Jun-young, has been driving since 2015 and he’s a known quantity. The National Taxi Association said the mayor of Seoul has previously recognized Lee for his integrity, and for returning countless lost items, including mobile phones.
Lee says he’s returned sums of more than $3,000 to customers in the past. This return, clearly his biggest ever.
It’s The World and Everything in It.