An Honest Bangladeshi In New York

January 14, 2010

Here’s a story to take the taste of Pat Robertson out of your mouth and restore your faith in humanity. Big thanks to my mate Chets for flagging this one up, as she did for Pat Robertson’s wise words regarding the Haiti disaster, which I responded to in my previous post. A med student from Bangladesh, making his crust as a cab driver in New York, found a bag left behind by Felicia Lettieri from Italy. It contained more than $21,000 of travelling money, jewellery and some passports. How sick would you have felt if you realised you’d left your worldly goods in a cab?

Fortunately for Ms Lettieri, Mukul Asadujjaman, the cab driver in question was made of the good stuff. He drove to a Long Island address he found with the money. When he found no one at home, he left his phone number and a note. An extremely grateful Ms Lettieri was soon reunited with her bag. A reward was offered, but as a devout Muslim, Mr Asadujjaman could not accept it. The full story is on the BBC website, but I will pull a couple of quotes and place them here.

On the temptation of keeping the cash: Mr Asadujjaman said the money would’ve allowed him more time to study, “but my heart said this is not good.”

On turning down the reward: “I’m needy, but I’m not greedy,” he said. “It’s better to be honest.”

Doesn’t that make your heart sing?



  1. I bet he’s got a big old check from the Universe coming his way in some way shape or form… WONDERFUL story…

    • It is a wonderful story. I wish we had more publicity for these as I’m sure this is the reality of people in every day life. This is humanity.

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