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Cab driver finds bag with $187,000 cash in his backseat and turns it in

An kind cabbie returned nearly $200,000 in cash to the police after he found it in a backpack left in his backseat.
/ Source: TODAY

For a Boston cab driver who found $187,786 in cash in his backseat and decided to turn it in, doing the right thing will have to serve as his main reward.

Raymond "Buzzy" MacCausland, 72, who has been driving a cab for 50 years, received a mere $100 as a thanks for turning in a forgotten backpack overflowing with one man's cash inheritance.

"I think it was the right thing to do. A lot of people said, ‘You should have kept it,’ but I couldn’t do that,'' he told the New York Daily News.

Still, the reward seemed a little stingy.

"I thought maybe he would give $500 or $1,000, maybe one of those bundles," he said.

An unidentified man left the bag of cash in MacCausland's cab on July 2. The passenger said he needed to run an errand before disappearing for nearly a half-hour.

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MacCausland then took the money to the Boston police. Once it was all counted up, it amounted to nearly $200,000.

"I knew he’d find me,” the man told The Boston Globe. "I didn’t panic at all."

While the police were counting the money, they received a call from a man claiming to be the bag's owner, police said.

He provided authorities with proper documentation showing the money belonged to him and then tipped MacCausland a C-note for his effort.

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"This hackney driver exhibited exemplary behavior and his honest deed should be recognized,'' Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement. "His actions represent the high standards that our department has for our drivers."

The man had been homeless for several months before inheriting the money after his father's death, according to NBC Boston affiliate WHDH.

This isn't the first time MacCausland has found a big stash of money in his cab.

Thirty years ago, MacCausland returned a briefcase he'd found with $10,000 in it, according to WHDH.

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