Jan 09, 2014
Honest Cabbie explains why he didn't steal $300k left behind by Poker Pro
By RTR Dennis
Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa was recently faced with a very unique situation: should he keep $300,000 that was left behind by a customer, or should he get the money back to its rightful owner. Gamboa chose the latter path and has proven to be one of the biggest angels in Sin City.
This touching story began unfolding when a poker player left a brown bag in Gamboa's cab after getting a ride from the Cosmopolitan to Palms Place. The cabbie initially thought nothing of it and figured that maybe the poker player left chocolates as an extra tip. However, the contents of the bag were much sweeter than chocolate, as Gamboa found bundles of $100 bills that amounted to $300k.
Now at this point, many people would be pondering various ways to keep the money without getting caught. But Gamboa explained that there was absolutely no hesitation in contacting his company, Yellow Checker Cab, so he could get the money back to its owner:
"I don't care from $10 to higher. My dignity is not for sale, and that's the way I am. That's the way our parents taught us when I was a kid. All I wanted to do was just call my dispatcher and return it, and this is the only chance I have to show cab drivers in Las Vegas are not bad people."
It's a good thing that the cabbie had a heart full of gold, rather than a heart that wanted to steal gold. After all, the poker player was described as being so distraught that "he wanted to shoot himself in the head." But the player was definitely relieved when police called him in to get his sack full of money.
If you're curious about the identity of the poker pro, you'll have to keep wondering. The player asked police not to release any details, and the only thing we know is that he's 28 years old. But Gamboa did meet him and say that "he was an awesome guy."
Apparently, the poker pro wanted to get in touch with Gamboa so that he could get his contact information and send the cabbie a reward. The poker player wasn't the only one wanting to compensate Gamboa because Yellow Checker Cab also gave him $1,000. This may be far less than the $300k he found, but the cab driver also gets the satisfaction of knowing that he did the right thing too.