Money fell out of man’s pocket
© Derek Montague
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.