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Sikh cabbie who had returned $110K honored by Melbourne city council for honesty

November 20, 2013 | By

Melbourne, Australia (November 20, 2013): Lakhwinder Singh Dhillon, a Sikh taxi driver in Australia, who returned A$110,000 in cash he found on the rear seat of his cab to its owners, has received a Melbourne City Council award for his honesty.

Lakhwinder Singh had found the money after dropping off a group of people at Crown Casino in Melbourne last month.

Lakhwinder Singh Dhillon

Lakhwinder Singh Dhillon

The Lord Mayor Robert Doyle presented Singh with a certificate of commendation, the Herald Sun reported on November 20, 2013.

Lakhwinder Singh said the seven men and two women, whom he had picked up from Chinatown in his maxi cab, seemed very drunk. “When I saw all that money, I thought, what is happening, it is something amazing, what should I do,” Singh said. After finding the cash, he drove to a police station but he soon received a call from the owners to return the money at the casino where he left them. Lakhwinder Singh believed they were visitors from China staying at the casino.

“They gave me a A$500 reward. One of them said: ‘You’re very honest, you’re a very good man, you’ve helped us a lot’,” Singh said.

“He is truly an inspirational Melbournian – it was the act of an honest man of integrity,” Mayor Doyle said.

Lakhwinder Singh said he was greatly honoured by the award.

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