Jerry Hart, an American tourist, was on reunited with his $10,000 after accidentally leaving the very important bag in the nabk of his cab.
Horrific experiences reported by travelers always garner more than their fair share of interest, but sometimes a nugget shines through the hubris of a cluttered information landscape. This one's a Good Samaritan story, in the form of a cab driver from Thailand.
It was revealed on last week that cabbie Veeraphol Klamsiri was having an otherwise ordinary day, picking up passengers and dropping them off all over Bangkok. But one special tourist unwittingly turned the driver into an international ambassador. That particular passenger was Jerry Hart, who flagged down Klamsiri's vehicle for a ride to the Suvarnabhumi Airport to catch a flight back to his home in the U.S.
Once Klamsiri made sure Hart got to the airport with his luggage, he went on to pick up his next fare. During a break, the cab driver was in the process of cleaning the inside of his vehicle and noticed something unusual lying under one of the seats. It was a cloth bag full of money, as in $9,800 U.S., according to the note inside the bag.
The inclusion of U.S. on the note immediately prompted Klamsiri to believe that the bag belonged to Hart, who obviously forgot where he tucked the money while being driven to the airport. Klamsiri contacted his supervisor and handed the item over to them. He also called a local traffic radio station to relay the message to the public. The police were also alerted and started looking for Hart at the airport.
Meanwhile, Hart was just checking in when he discovered the money bag was missing. It was at that point where the American started panicking and to buy himself some time to look for the item, canceled his flight and notified the authorities. Later that day, Hart, himself a former police officer, was contacted by local enforcers who told him that the bag was recovered with its contents intact. Hart had no idea how lucky he was. If the fare Klamsiri took after dropping the American off had found that bag, the money could have disappeared forever.
This was as close to a hardship Hart experienced in Thailand, a country he had visited four times previously. The tourist commented that his experiences and good fortune over what could have been a permanently unpleasant episode have encouraged him to relocate there in the future.