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Honest Vegas driver gets $10K from gambler who left $300K in cab

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:53 p.m. HST, Dec 27, 2013

LAS VEGAS >> A poker player who left $300,000 in the back seat of a Las Vegas taxi made good on his promise this week, handing over a $10,000 reward to the honest cabbie who returned the stash.

Yellow Checker Star Cab Company CEO Bill Shranko confirmed Friday that Gerardo Gamboa had been paid by the poker player. The cab company also honored the driver's good deed by naming him employee of the year, awarding him $1,000 and giving him a gift certificate to a Las Vegas steakhouse.

It's unclear how Gamboa plans to spend the belated Christmas gift. He did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Friday.

The tale, first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, started Monday when Gamboa made a pickup at the Bellagio casino. A hotel doorman noticed a brown paper bag on the back seat and handed it to him; Gamboa thought it was candy.

The driver said he had another passenger by the time he began wondering what kind of chocolates were in the brown paper bag. He peeked inside at a traffic light and spotted the cash.

"I told my passenger, 'You are my witness on this,'" the 13-year taxi driver told the Las Vegas Sun, "and then I immediately called my dispatcher."

Gamboa took the six bundles of $100 bills to the company's main office, where Las Vegas police and casino officials linked it to the poker player.

It took several hours to verify the identity of the owner and return the cash. Authorities aren't identifying the poker player.

Before he learned about the anonymous gambler's gift, Gamboa said he wasn't in it for the money.

"If he doesn't give me anything, that's OK," Gamboa told the Sun earlier this week. "I'm not waiting for any kind of return. I just wanted to do the right thing, and I appreciate what the company did for me."

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paniolo wrote:
Good things will come to you in the future, Mr. Gamboa. Your heart and honesty makes you a one of a kind. There's not many people like you in this world. Good luck.
on December 27,2013 | 12:47PM
Kealii wrote:
People like Mr. Gamboa are a dying breed!
on December 27,2013 | 01:22PM
Skyler wrote:
Doorman should get something, too - hope the cabby rewards him.
on December 27,2013 | 01:32PM
localguy wrote:
on December 27,2013 | 02:54PM
mamacita808 wrote:
Amen to that. He just wanted to do the right thing.
on December 27,2013 | 01:33PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I Japan, a 10% reward is considered the proper amount for returning lost money.
on December 27,2013 | 02:15PM
localguy wrote:
Are you saying in Japan a 10% reward is inspected? Clearly you do not know the Japanese. They would not expect any award because returning the money is the right thing to do. The Japanese have far higher standards than any other country. We can only dream to be that honest.
on December 27,2013 | 02:53PM
RichardCory wrote:
Japan or not, 10% is a lot more reasonable than 3%. That gambler could've had nothing if that cabbie wasn't such an honest guy. Throwing 3% at him is chump change in the big picture, even if it is $10K.
on December 27,2013 | 05:20PM
Sophia1Israel wrote:
such stories just light up the hearts; glad the world still does have such people around. God bless Mr. Gamboa!
on December 27,2013 | 10:00PM
cojef wrote:
Ditto! It indicates that there is still hope for humankind.
on December 28,2013 | 07:38AM
Anonymous wrote:
I wouldn't have brought it up in the first place, come on that measly 10k he got as a reward now hes gotta pay a tax on that and the government will get its share,next time just shut your mouth,people will only remember you for the good deed you did, after all the hype you still be finding yourself driving your cab,but i must say not to many people like you exist today. so next time you find yourself in the same situation give it a lot of thought first and dont let your conscious bother you,
on December 28,2013 | 11:45AM
stingray65 wrote:
Mr. Gamboa came from a well cultured family man from the Phlippines.. For him a penny is better than a stolen dollar..There, Mr. Gamboa job well done!! I wish we more people like you around in this island.
on December 28,2013 | 03:38PM
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