"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" is a cliché that probably most people have heard of sometime in their life. Luckily this unwritten law didn't stop the following story from reaching the newspapers.
Back on September 2, the 42-year-old taxi driver Adam Woldemarim was cleaning out the back seat of his van before the start of his 2 p.m. shift when he found something between the seats. It was a black soft laptop case that was stuffed with $221,510.
Stunned by what he had found, Woldemarim immedially called an Ethiopian colleague who had driven the cab earlier that day.
"Is this yours?" he asked.
"No," the answer came back real fast. "Take it to security."
Instead of keeping the cash like the most people probably would have done, he took his friend's advice and brought the money to the security office at Frias Transportation Management, which owns his company, Virgin Valley Cab.
The security officer expressed the same sort of reaction as Woldemarim when he saw the money. After taking a bunch of photos as evidence, he sent Woldemarim on his way. After he had been driving the streets of Las Vegas for about an hour, he received a call from security: "Come on back to the office. We need you."
He returned to the office once again and was approached by a white guy, under 30 years old, brown hair and T-shirt. The man was the owner of the cash and he had a big smile on his face. It turned out that he had won big at the Wynn and was on his way to the airport when he realised that he had forgotten the bag in the cab. He had called the cab company straight away, and security told him that they've got it safe and sound.
The man gave Woldemarim a hug and thanked him for his honesty, then he gave him $2,000 as a token of his appreciation. Woldemarim was very happy because he didn't expect to get anything. His friends and fellow cabdrivers thought the reward was too small, though.
"That's all?" they asked. "How about 10 percent, at least? That's $20,000!"
Others yell, "How about 15 or 20 percent? That's the going rate for tips in Vegas, after all."