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But that's not how it works for Adam Woldemarim, a big and honest teddy bear of an Ethiopian cabdriver.

Back on Sept. 2 he was cleaning out the back seat of his van just before the start of his 2 p.m. shift when he spotted something between the seats.

It was a black soft laptop case.

It was stuffed with $221,510.

In cash.


An hour later, while Woldemarim is driving the streets of Las Vegas, hustling for tips as all cabdrivers do, he gets a call from security: "Come on back to the office. We need you."

He returns to the office and, once again, the surprise factor: There's a guy who says it's his cash, standing right in front of him, a broad grin across his face. He's a white guy. Under 30 years old. Brown hair. T-shirt.

The supposed owner of the cash is very excited. It turns out he won big at the Wynn and was on his way to the airport when he realizes he forgot a little something. The stuff that dreams are made of. He immediately calls the cab company. Security tells him they've got it. It's safe and sound.

He hugs Woldemarim. He thanks him immensely for his honesty. Words cannot describe, nor can money buy. He asks Woldemarim where he's from.

"Ethiopia," says the soft-spoken Woldemarim, 42, who knows only a little bit of English.

"Well thank you sooooo much!" the T-shirt man tells him.

He then gives Woldemarim a big tip. $2,000.

Woldemarim is happy. He wasn't expecting anything. Now he's got $2,000. Let's see: Rent is $400. His family, his brothers and sisters, his mother and father, he'll send them some in Ethiopia. He feels like he just won a mini lottery. Life is good.

Nice - honest people still exist.

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