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Good Samaritan Manhattan Cab Driver Returns $10,000 Left In Backseat

By Nicole Bode | January 12, 2010 10:31am | Updated on January 12, 2010 9:14am

MANHATTAN — A Manhattan taxicab driver who discovered a purse in his backseat Christmas Eve with $10,000 inside drove hundreds of miles round trip to return it, according to the New York Post.

Good Samaritan Mukul Asaduzzaman, 28, was transporting 72-year-old Felicia Lettieri to Penn Station when the Italian tourist reportedly got out and left her purse behind. Inside was the cash, which the family was using for their vacation.

Authorities told the frantic family not to be optimistic about recovering the cash, but they didn’t count on Asaduzzaman.

The pre-med student who lives in Queens drove 50 miles out to a Patchogue address he found inside the purse, the Post reported.

When no one was home, the persistent do-gooder left a note with his phone number, and came back later to hand over the cash, Newsday reported.

The Bangladesh native also included a promise in the note, saying, “Don’t worry Felicia … I’ll keep it safe.”

Asaduzzaman reportedly refused a reward.