(CNN) — A Las Vegas cabbie had no second thoughts when he found $300,000 in cash in a brown paper bag in his cab this week.
He made sure it was returned to the forgetful 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,” cabbie Gerardo Gamboa told CNN affiliate KVVU. “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.”
The gambler was so devastated at his loss Monday that “he wanted to shoot himself in the head,” a cab company official told KLAS.
“He was grateful. He was very understanding; he wasn’t irritated. To a point he was irritated, but he wasn’t mad or aggressive or anything. Maybe a little more embarrassed than anything. I mean, he left $300,000 in a cab, but he was an awesome guy,” Yellow Checker Star field operations manager Joel Willden told KVVU.
It all began when Gamboa drove a man about two miles between casino-hotels, from the Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip to Palms Place, KLAS reported. The man gave him a $5 tip.
Gamboa then went back to the Strip — the Bellagio casino-hotel. “When the doorman at the Bellagio opened up the door for the next passenger, he said, ‘There’s a bag in here. It’s full of chocolate,'” Gamboa told KLAS.
When he opened the bag, Gamboa was stunned at the six bundles of $100 bills inside. His next fare was already in the cab, and Gamboa told the passenger, “Look sir, you are my witness. I didn’t touch anything here,” Gamboa told KLAS.
Yellow Check Star gave Gamboa a $1,000 reward, made him driver of the year, and gave him a steak dinner for two, the affiliates reported.