Good Samaritan returns HK$ 1.76 million while waiting for a cab
Hong Kong (Aug 30)– Dennis Wan , former owner of a second-hand bookstore, may have placed a signage inside his then store that reads “honesty is the best policy”. His act of honesty on Monday night came to light as he posted his story on FB garnering 20,000 ‘likes’ and shared by a thousand.
He was waiting for a taxi at Shek Hui in Sheung Shui, at 7pm when he saw a middle-aged man, carrying a few bags, get into a taxi – but leaving a paper bag behind on the street, Sing Tao Daily reported. Wan tried to stop the man but the taxi left before he could do that. In the bag were 18 stacks of HK1,000 notes totalling HK$1.76 million.
Wan decided to wait for 30 minutes to give the owner a chance to return. If not, he would report his find to the police. He admitted being tempted to get the cash since no other people were around that time. But his honest spirit got the better of him, thinking that the money could be something that can save a life.
The owner came back searching something on the street and Dennis rightfully identified him to be the man he saw boarding the cab. The money was returned to the owner who said that these are for payroll payments. Asia Times reported that the man wanted to give Wan HK$50,000 as a show of gratitude but he turned down the big reward. Wan later accepted HK$5,000 due to the man insisting he must take something.