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Appreciation for honesty

A Dubai taxi driver shows the strength of his values by returning a lost wallet to its owner

Gulf News reader Kazmi, with driver Shah
Image Credit: Imran Owais Kazmi/Gulf News Reader
Gulf News reader Kazmi, with driver Shah, who returned his lost wallet with its contents intact. Kazmi said Shah could have made a couple of months’ salary in a few minutes; instead he chose to be honest and returned it.
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I was pleasantly surprised when taxi driver Niqab Shah returned my wallet with all my identification documents, credit and debit cards, which I had lost after Friday prayers outside a mosque in the Meadows.

Many people in today's cut-throat world would think "all is fair in love and war" when it comes to honesty, as it is a "war" for survival. For most of us, being honest costs money — like if the driver had decided to keep the wallet, he could have made a couple of months' salary in a few minutes.

This is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for the people who go out of their way to return forgotten possessions and will encourage others to do the same. And it does not apply to just taxi drivers. Other companies should adopt a similar system to encourage honesty throughout their organisations.

 

— The reader is a chief thinking officer based in Dubai

 

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I mistakenly dropped my wallet in front of a 'Naan' (bread) shop. It contained cash as well as all my cards. I was worried as i didn't know where have i lost it. The next morning I received a call from that 'roti wala' who gave me the good news that he found my wallet in front of his shop last night. I am so grateful to him and prayed for his success.

Syed Ahmad

22 February 2012 15:13jump to comments
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