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Phuket taxi driver hands in tourist couple’s lost pouch containing B300,000 cash

PHUKET: An airport limousine driver has been praised and rewarded after handing in a pouch containing over B300,000 in cash and a passport he discovered in his vehicle. The pouch was left behind by a tourist couple who used his service on Monday night, October 10.

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Wednesday 12 October 2016, 10:50AM


Taxi driver Kris “Komor” Niyompong (third from left) hands back the wallet containing B300,000 to the relieved tourist couple at Karon Police Station on (Oct 11). Photo: Jamorn Sompong
Taxi driver Kris “Komor” Niyompong (third from left) hands back the wallet containing B300,000 to the relieved tourist couple at Karon Police Station on (Oct 11). Photo: Jamorn Sompong

Airport limousine driver, Mr Kris “Komor” Niyompong, 53 arrived at Karon Police Station at midnight (Oct 11) to hand in the pouch he found inside his vehicle to a tourist couple he picked up from Phuket International Airport earlier that evening at 9pm.

Upon arrival at Karon Police Station, Karon police officers and the tourist couple were waiting for him, after having called him to check for the lost money. Upon handing over the pouch containing the money, the woman it belonged to broke into tears, thanked Mr Kris for his honesty and gave him B2000 as a reward.

Mr Niyompong told police he picked up the couple from the airport at around 9pm and took them to the Best Western hotel in Karon. While driving home through the Thalang area, a tourist police officer contacted him and asked him to check for a pouch that the couple left on the back seat. Kris said he stopped to checked his vehicle, discovered the pouch on the floor and notified police. 

“I have been working for Phuket Mai Khao Sakoo Co as a taxi driver servicing the Phuket airport for more than six years, and have seen tourists leave wallets in my vehicle many times, but not usually with this much money,” said Mr Niyompong.

“I always return all items left inside my vehicle to tourists. I would never take them because my work is in the service industry and I that’s what I get paid to do. If I did that it would destroy customer’s trust in our service and eventually we will lose our customer,” he added.

The story of the honest taxi driver went viral among Phuket reporters after local reporter, Mr Jamorn Sompong posted a picture of the taxi driver handing over the pouch to the couple at the police station on Facebook, with a message that said “good deed[s] must be praise[d].

 

 

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thashna7 | 18 October 2016 - 16:19:13

yes i agreed to slippery snake .look like sounds a little fishy to me also...
but they but heart hahaha
honest taxi driver just honesty reward 2000bath 

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Sue original | 17 October 2016 - 12:11:46

@slippery snake
Yes, ATM are everywhere , but then you one would incur cash withdrawal fee of few % and also funds will be converted from Russian roubles at the rate of VISA/MC/AMEX via US dollars (2 exchanges)+ their issuer bank, as usually, will charge few % commission for the currency exchange itself.

In Russia in large cities before 2 years salaries were higher than in the West, now they are still enough high so that 9,000USD is not regarded as a big money.

They could prefer to deal in cash for various reasons, and it is habitual for Russians to deal with a cash at overseas trips: they may try, cleverly, to avoid ATM withdrawal set of fees,and exchange to USD at good rate at their place of origin AND/OR they try to evade Russian taxman - yes.... but by far not gangster activity; they may prefer to settle with hotels in cash to avoid repeated pre-authorization that quite often happens and block your funds for few weeks, and provide for a settlement finality that they are charged with something when they leave.

It is very likely that they are supposed to buy some local Thai goods like cosmetics for sale, and sell at their website or through social networks - it seems they know the country well, basing on their reaction upon losing a purse.

@jogi

Oh boy, they probably should bed really low level gangsters, as those real ones,for you to know, operates with much higher amounts, and do this using credit cards - as well as habitually not worried about ATM withdrawal extra costs.

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jogi | 13 October 2016 - 16:33:41

Pauly44, you not alone, it look dodgy do me to. i didn' read there names at PN, but my guess, eastern europe name's fit the picture. not only for the lousy reward, the amount of cash look dodgy to. they most probably from one of this country's who don't need tourist visa to thailand. the money could be gangmoney and not there's, so  to much reward could leave them short for mybe planed dodgy business. at least they don't have to fear any digging in to this from the TRP

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Pauly44 | 13 October 2016 - 11:33:40

Ha, Boris & Natasha....Had to chuckle at that one, seriously though, they do look dodgy or is it just me?

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Ed Sanders | 12 October 2016 - 23:20:28

Thumbs up to this chap, who just showed that not all taxi drivers are complete scumbags...only 98% of them are.  This also shows what cheap asses Boris and Natasha are.  This kind man returned 300,000 baht (almost $9,000 USD) and passports...and they give him 2,000 baht.

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slippery snake | 12 October 2016 - 16:55:29

That's great by the taxi driver,well done.  But how can two people be so stupid as to leave a pouch behind containing 300,000 and a passport.. were they high or drunk  and 300,000 ?? WOW they were going to have an expensive holiday and why carry that much money ?? with ATM machines everywhere these days, sounds a little fishy to me?  

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malczx7r | 12 October 2016 - 13:54:13

You sir are a credit to Phuket!!

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Sue Yu2 | 12 October 2016 - 13:50:35

Nice story; well done to the guy.

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