Cabbie’s ‘honesty’ praised after returning purse

Former policeman and taxidriver Yogesh Prasad at his home. He found a wallet containing money after dropping a passenger and returned it to the owner. Picture: RAMA

A Valelevu cabbie who found and returned a purse left in his car to its rightful owner was praised for his exemplary behaviour.

Former police officer Yogesh Prasad picked up Daiana Bola and her partner on June 19 from Khalsa Rd in Nasinu and dropped them at Nuqa Place in Valelevu before heading home to rest.

He said he found the purse containing cash and identification cards while cleaning the taxi the next day.

Mr Prasad said he searched for the owner’s address on the identification cards and returned the purse to Ms Bola’s family.

“In the past, gadgets such as mobiles and laptops forgotten in my taxi were returned to the rightful owners,” the 45-year-old said.

“The minute I saw the cash inside, I knew it was someone else’s hard earned money, so I had to do the right thing and return it to the owner.

“The owner wanted to give me some cash, but I turned it down because if I wanted the money I wouldn’t have returned the purse to her family.”

Ms Bola said she had saved that money for her father’s birthday. “Fiji needs honest people like this,” she said.

“This is a story that needs to be told because we need to tell the world that there are people like this who still exist in Fiji.

“Our society would be a better place if we have more people like Mr Prasad.”

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