Turkish bus driver returns 29,000 Turkish liras left behind by passenger
A bus driver in the western province of Aydın has returned 29,000 Turkish liras ($7,100) to the man who accidentally left the money in his vehicle.
Aydın Chamber of Drivers chair Semih Özmeriç and the local cooperative union’s president Okan Yalçın thanked the 55-year-old bus driver for his action, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on April 30.
Ufuk Türkeş the driver of an intra-city bus, noticed that a bag of money had been left in the vehicle after completing his last service of the day on April 30. Türkeş then notified the situation to the authorities of the cooperative union and gave the money to them.
In the meantime, 64-year-old Aslan Ali Gençoğlu notified the police he had lost his money. The police then confirmed via security cameras that the money found had belonged to Gençoğlu.
In the videos, Gençoğlu was recorded boarding the bus carrying a package of eggs and a bag, but got off the bus without the bag.
Following the incident, the passenger told reporters he had withdrawn the money to buy a car. “While I was getting off the vehicle, I only took the eggs and forgot the money. I suppose the package of eggs must have been more valuable,” Gençoğlu said.
The driver also made a statement following the incident, saying he had “listened to his conscience,” adding he was very happy the money had reached its owner.