Cab driver returns more than $1,000 to senior

Derek Montague
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Money fell out of man’s pocket

Everett Cull stands in front of his vehicle. The Happy Valley-Goose Bay taxi driver returned $1,000-plus to its rightful owner.

A taxi driver in Happy Valley-Goose Bay has returned $1,050 in cash to a senior citizen who lost the money in his cab.

On Monday, May 5, Everett Cull brought the senior into The Labradorian office to hand the money back over to its rightful owner, one week after the cash went missing from the senior’s pocket.

Cull gave the senior and his girlfriend a ride to NorthMart on April 28. Cull overheard a conversation between the two, which suggested that hundreds of dollars might have fallen out of the man’s pocket.

“She said, ‘I put it in your pocket, around $800 I put it in your pocket.’ He said, ‘if you put it in my pocket it’s gone because I got holes in my pocket,’” recalls Cull.

The next morning, April 29, Cull made two taxi runs to the Goose Bay airport. After one of the passengers opened the back door, money began falling out of the cab.

“When he opened the door, hundreds and fifties started blowing around. So we picked them all up,” said Cull.

Cull remembered that the senior had lost money the day before, but wanted to be absolutely sure the money didn’t belong to the first passenger he took to the airport on April 29.

“So I waited a week and he never called back to the taxi stand or anything and let us know that he lost his money,” said Cull.

“I was waiting for the right time. I didn’t want to give away the money and have this man call back from the coast and say he lost money in my taxi. But a week is long enough.”

After telling his story to The Labradorian, Cull counted out the one hundred and fifty dollar bills, and then handed the pile of cash over to the smiling senior. The man now had $1,050 dollars back in his pocket, after thinking it was all gone.

“It’s a good feeling. I never thought I would see it again,” said the senior.

Geographic location: Goose Bay, Happy Valley

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  • Audrey
    May 06, 2014 - 20:20

    So proud of you everett proud. You are my cousin it's so nice to know there are honest people like you around take care

  • Mike Barnes
    May 06, 2014 - 17:21

    Great story. All the best to Mr. Cull for his honesty.

  • Jerry Thomas
    May 06, 2014 - 17:17

    I was in Goosebay for 2.5 years and I completely depended on taxi for my transport needs.I wanted to say, he is the best taxi driver I have ever seen in my life.! He was so friendly,and had a very comfortable ride all the time.He is great..!!!

  • Priscilla
    May 06, 2014 - 14:57

    Love this story, would have love to see the mans face also. There are lot of good ppl in this world! :)

  • A Passenger
    May 06, 2014 - 14:43

    I've had the pleasure of riding in Mr. Cull's cab before as well, and he is as good and honest as this story makes out. Thank you for your kindness, Mr. Cull. That ride I took in your cab two years ago left an impression on me that hasn't gone away yet. Best wishes to you in the future.

  • Dwayne Thompson
    May 06, 2014 - 14:26

    Most Happy Valley-Goose Bay residents and certainly the majority of Labradorians are very honest individuals. It just takes one, or two dishonest people anywhere, to spoil it for everyone else. Thank you Mr. Everett Cull for restoring 'faith in humanity' and demonstrating that there are still many honest and fine individuals still out there, like yourself. May God Bless you!!