Honest taxi-driver saves the day for Bangladeshi lecturer and his son


The Thai Tourist Police produced evidence of yet more honesty of Thai taxi drivers after a shoulder bag containing 200,000 baht in foreign currency was handed in.

The hero this time was driver Prasong Leelap who found the bag when he took his cab in for a clean. Being a scrupulously honest person he immediately contacted JS100 radio station.

On Monday Prasong had taken Mr Shariful Islam from the Ambassador Hotel on Soi 11, Sukhumvit in downtown Bangkok to the Sirirat hospital.

He was going there to seek treatment for his son who has a problem with his platelets. He only realised he had forgotten his bag when he joined the queue in the hospital.

The TPB helped along with the regular police and Shariful was soon pictured hugging the honest driver at the radio station.

He said he had virtually abandoned hope of getting the bag back – it contained Bangladesh and US currency, three passports, a laptop and Bangladeshi ID cards.

He praised the Thais and the police who he said were “most impressive”.

He gave a $ US 300 reward (about 9,000 baht) to Prasong.

The TPB explained that Shariful is a lecturer at the University of Dhaka and has a position as a special lecturer at Chulalongkorn University (Faculty of Political Science) in Bangkok.


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