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Las Vegas Cabdriver Returns Lost $221K, Gets Tipped Less Than 1 Percent: Report

Mixed Feelings Surround The Situation Weeks Later

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A handful of weeks ago, a Las Vegas cabdriver found a laptop case containing $221,510 in cash, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday.

He returned it.

When a gambler, who said he won it at the Wynn, was reunited with the hefty sum, the cabbie, Adam Woldemarim, received a verbal “thank you” and a tip of $2,000.

That’s less than a 1-percent tip for returning the six-figure pile of cash.

Friends of the driver reportedly were disgruntled about the tip not being larger. Woldermarim himself seemed ambivalent about the size. According to the paper, Woldermarim works 12-hour shifts up to six days a week for a measly sum of $350 a week.

Stories of people stumbling upon money that isn’t theirs, and for one reason or another returning it, aren’t too rare. In 2008, a woman found $100,000 at a Cracker Barrel and instead of using the money to fix her teeth, managed to give it back to a lady who then offered a reward of $1,000. The woman who found the money didn’t accept it.

Sometimes the amount isn’t staggering. In 1991, People profiled a homeless lady who returned $400 to its owner. She later experienced a windfall of love from her community.

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x19
2 years ago

how uninspiring.....i'll bet that cabbie regrets having done so now.....that guy with the money should have gave the cabbie at least 5 grand or better yet 10 grand....mr. money boy and his obvious audacious greed will likely be revisited again by karma and likely will not fair as well.....cabbie should have made a different choice.....mr. money boy should have had his little money bag returned to him with only $1000 in it, now THAT would have been hilarious.

 
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BryceFox
2 years ago

I'd probably give him $5k, and be extremely thankful!!

 
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sirswish6
2 years ago

so you should only do something if you get a reward? cool society. mr cabbie boy should have been happy to receive a month's wages and been happy with it, now THAT would have been nice.

 
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shanepatrick29
2 years ago

Kind of a ridiculously low tip considering the fact that he left it in cash. I guarantee if he left that amount in any other city in a cab hed never see it again. Hes lucky theres cameras in vegas cabs and on every casino property. Guys a scumbag for not throwing him at least 20k.

 
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thereyougoagain
2 years ago

ive truly thought what would i do?, regardless of my net worth, i believe 10k would be the right amount, after all, its not the cabbies mone, not one dollar. 10k would be a real token of gratitude

 
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answer20
2 years ago

You can give a tax free gift of up to $13K per year (or up to $26K if married). May have to wait until Jan 2013 to give him the rest. We tip our waitresses 10%, don't we?? It may be better to try and fill a 'need' for the cabbie as well ... as money in hand is sometimes a bad thing for some people. It would be interesting to see if the man was drunk and/or how the money impacted his life ... I would have had the bag handcuffed to me!!

 
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dettigerfan13
2 years ago

Hey big spender,aka answer20, do you really tip waitresses 10%. You're a real sport! I don't think you're qualified to comment on this subject.

 
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WPS22
2 years ago

lol you tip a waitress 10%. Where did you learn that was acceptable? "We" don't do that. Most people tip at least twice that, you cheap bastard.

 
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THEJOEF
2 years ago

This right here is the problem with this entire world. No one wants to do the right thing unless it comes with a pay day. Its just a F@#$*d up world.The under 30s are the worst of the worst.

 
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cchappa
2 years ago

THEJOEF: You hit the nail on the head. You give the money back because it's the right thing to do. If the man with the money chooses to reward him for his honesty, that's his decision. Frankly, I'd give the cabbie some money too. The idea that you must give X% is ridiculous.

I've never understood the whole "Man, you gotta tip 15%+" mentality. For example, let's say I almost order a $10 burger at a restaurant, but suddenly, I change my mind and order just a $6 salad. Should I tip differently because I just lowered my bill by $4? The waitress does the same amount of work bringing me a salad and not a burger, so should I tip her any less or any more?

I don't even look at the bill. I look at the person. I look at the service. Then I tip accordingly. I'll tip a waitress $20 for a $10 meal if I feel she did an exceptional job, if her demeanor was friendly and caring, etc. On the flip side, I'll tip a waitress $2 for a $50 meal if she sucked.

Tell me there's not a single cabbie that would be ecstatic for a $2000 tip. Or for that matter, any of you. Get over your "you-owe-me" mentality.

 
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IggyFlop
2 years ago

cchappa likes waitresses; eating out is fun.

 
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x19
2 years ago

the cabbie should have kept the whole dam thing, the jackwagon who lost it clearly deserves to forfeit what he won simply because hes a greedy self serving pig.....i hope karma visits him again and soon.

 
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greeze14
2 years ago

How Come This Guy Didnt Take Off To Mexico.

 
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