It’s not uncommon for taxi drivers to find things that their passengers accidentally leave behind. A Boston taxi driver was taken aback when he saw the contents of a backpack accidentally left behind by a homeless man, and quickly drove to the police station to hand it in. Upon emptying the contents onto a table, the police admitted—“our eyes popped out of our head.”
Raymond “Buzzy” MacCausland of Middleton, New Hampshire, in Boston, has been a cab driver for 50 years, and during these years he’s picked up cellphones, keys, and wallets. As an honest man, he returns whatever he finds. Once, he even returned a briefcase containing $10,000.
But nothing prepared him for what he picked up one day in July 2016—a bag containing piles and piles of cash, amounting to $187,000.
MacCausland was stunned.
“I’ve never seen money like that before. It was quite a sight when they dumped it on the table,” he told NY Daily News.
The bag was left by a homeless man who told MacCausland that he was going to run an errand and promised to return. When he failed to show up after 30 minutes, MacCausland drove off and then discovered a backpack the man had left behind.
MacCausland took the cash-filled backpack straight to the police station.
“That’s the way I am. I don’t steal anything; I’ve never been a crook,” MacCausland said. “It would have been nice to see a lot of money like that though—probably changes lives.”
When officers at the Boston Police Headquarters saw the bag’s contents, “our eyes popped out of our head,” one officer told WCVB.
The police managed to locate the rightful owner, who had recently inherited the money after his parents had passed away.
The man gave MacCausland $100 as a reward.
“I thought maybe he would give $500 or $1,000, maybe one of those bundles,” MacCausland said, but added that he’d still return the cash even if there was no reward.
“I think it was the right thing to do. A lot of people said, ‘You should have kept it,’ but I couldn’t do that,” MacCausland said.
“We’re very proud of what Buzzy did,” Larry Meister of Independent Taxi Operations Association said. “He’s a great guy. He’s always done the right thing.”
The police also praised MacCausland.
“This hackney driver exhibited exemplary behavior and his honest deed should be recognized,” William Evans, a police commissioner, said in a statement, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. “His actions represent the high standards that our department has for our drivers.”
Regardless of whether or not there’s a reward, MacCausland has demonstrated that integrity should lead the way in everything we do, and that we should look out for one another.
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