"This hackney driver exhibited exemplary behavior and his honest deed should be recognized," police commissioner William Evans said

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated July 06, 2016 09:30 AM
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Credit: Boston Police Department via AP

A Boston cab driver is being praised by the city’s police department for turning over a backpack full of cash left in his backseat.

A driver for the Independent Taxi Operators Association – identified as Raymond “Buzzy” MacCausland – found a backpack in the rear of his taxi after dropping off a fare, according to the Boston Police Department.

While looking for identification in the bag, the driver, 72, found approximately $187,000 in wads of cash, police confirmed.

The driver immediately turned the property over to police headquarters, where the owner eventually arrived to identify his bag and its contents.

“This hackney driver exhibited exemplary behavior and his honest deed should be recognized,” police commissioner William Evans said. “His actions represent the high standards that our department has for our drivers.”

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The passenger – who wishes to remain anonymous – told the Boston Globe that the huge sum of money was his inheritance money from his parents, and that he showed authorities the trust agreement to prove it. He left the bag accidentally while running errands.

Recovering from drug addiction and living at a homeless shelter for the last six months, the man had recently learned that his deceased parents had left him hundreds of thousands of dollars. No bank would cash the check, he said, so he went to a check-cashing store and put the money into his backpack.

MacCausland, who has driven a cab for 50 years, told the Globe, “That money would have changed my life.”

The honest driver said he did receive a $100 reward from the passenger, but if left him to feel a little disappointed.

I thought maybe he would give $500 or $1,000, maybe one of those bundles, the driver told the New York Daily News.