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Taxi driver returns B150k Louis Vuitton bag to tourist

Taxi driver returns B150k Louis Vuitton bag to tourist

PHUKET: A Phuket taxi driver has been praised for his honesty in returning a Louis Vuitton bag worth B150,000 to a tourist.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 14 March 2023, 06:10PM

In a post marked “Good deeds must be admired”, the Phuket Info Center, operated by the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, reported yesterday (Mar 13) that the bag was returned to the tourist at Phuket International Airport.

A Chinese tourist had left a Louis Vuitton bag worth B150,000 on the back seat of a taxi on Mar 8, said the report.

The tourist reported leaving the bag behind to Tourist Police, who coordinated with the Tourist Assistance Center (TAC) at the airport. The officers managed to identify the taxi by its licence plates and track down the driver.

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The driver confirmed that the bag had been left on the back seat of his taxi, and promptly returned to the airport to hand the bag back to the tourist.

Praise for the taxi driver follows Patong Police charging a tuk-tuk driver for theft on Sunday (Mar 12) after he tried to keep possession of an iPhone worth about B29,000 that a Swedish tourist accidentally left behind in his tuk-tuk.

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Taswegian | 16 March 2023 - 08:03:33

The comments began with reference to the tourists knock off tee shirts and the inference that perhaps the bag was the same? I guess it's true that 70% of people are stupid. So glad I'm in the other 40%...

Pooliekev | 15 March 2023 - 17:12:16

I see the bitter, elderly expats are foaming at the mouth about this. Dont be angry, just be humble. It's not your fault that you can't afford such nice things. 

DeKaaskopp | 15 March 2023 - 15:15:18

@JohnC    Should they keep that bag only at home in a safe and just look at it once in a while ?

phkt-2016 | 15 March 2023 - 12:28:57


To all the cynics. I actually know the driver of this mini van, he is stationed outside the Busakorn Wing at Holiday Inn . Since years and years he has taken care of many of our guests with care and he gets a lot of repeat business from regulars. 
He is a very pleasant - service minded van owner

JohnC | 15 March 2023 - 09:44:45

Going all out on the PR campaign to try and make Phuket taxi drivers look trustworthy LOL. What sort of person carries a handbag on their overseas holiday supposedly worth over USD4,500. Being a Chinese tourists I wouldn't be surprised to find out it was just a Chinese knock off copy, like the shirts they are wearing. 

Timothy | 15 March 2023 - 08:18:44

Geez, I doubt this guy would have returned the bag had he not been "tracked down". They had to track him down, but claim he promptly returned to hand the bag back....BS! 

Taswegian | 15 March 2023 - 08:13:44

I hope they didn't buy the B150,000 Valencia bag from the same market stall where they bought the knock off Balenciaga etc tee shirts. Didn't they have a crackdown on copyright piracy recently?


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