Taxi Driver Who Returned $187,000 Rewarded with Cruise

September 4, 2016

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. turn in /tɜrn ɪn/ [turn in] (idiom) – to submit or surrender something or someone to the police
Example: The thief turned in all the things he stole.

2. all-expense-paid /ɔl- ɪkˈspɛns- peɪd/ (adj.) – refers to a free trip usually given as a reward
Example: The family is going on an all-expense-paid trip to Singapore after winning a contest.

3. bundle /ˈbʌn dl/ (n.) – a group of things that are wrapped together
Example: I received a bundle of letters from the bank.

4. rightful /ˈraɪt fəl/ (adj.) – true or real
Example: The child returned the lost dog to its rightful owner.

5. valuables /ˈvæl yu ə bəls/ (n.) – important items that belong to someone
Example: Be careful of your valuables when you’re in a crowded place.


Read the text below.
A taxi driver was rewarded a free cruise after turning in a backpack filled with $187,000 that he found in his cab.

Major cruise operator Royal Caribbean granted Raymond MacCausland an all-expense-paid cruise to the Caribbean. He is expected to go on a week-long trip with his girlfriend Sharon King. The company will provide the couple free roundtrip airfare and VIP treatment during the cruise.

Seventy-two-year-old MacCausland has been a taxi driver for Independent Taxi Operators Association in Boston, Massachusetts for over 50 years.

On July 2, an unknown man left a backpack in the back seat of MacCausland’s cab. The passenger said he needed to meet a friend and promised to return. However, after 30 minutes of waiting, the man did not return. MacCausland opened the bag to search for an identification card, only to be surprised by bundles of cash.

Immediately after the discovery, MacCausland brought the bag to the Boston Police Headquarters. The man eventually showed up and proved that the bag and its contents were his. He gave MacCausland $100 as a reward for his honesty.

A similar incident happened in England when taxi driver Mohammed Nisar returned a bag with $13,000 to its rightful owner. The bag’s owner, Adrian Quinn, said that Nisar saved his car dealership because Quinn needed the money for his business. In 2014, a 60-year-old airport taxi driver from the Philippines named Genelito Macaraig also turned in a bag containing valuables that had been left behind in his taxi.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         What would you do if you were the one who found the money?
·         If you were the person who lost the money, how would you reward the taxi driver?

Discussion B

·         In your opinion, what is the safest form of transportation? Why do you say so?
·         How can public transportation be improved in your country?

September 4, 2016