An honest cabbie!

Cabbie hands back 350,000 dollars in diamonds found in taxi

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A Los Angeles taxi driver distinguished himself by his honesty after finding a pouch filled with diamonds worth 350,000 dollars in the back of his cab, police said.

At first, Afghan immigrant Haider Sediqi, 40, paid little attention when he found the small brown pouch in the back of his car after dropping off a fare at Los Angeles airport on Wednesday.

But later in the day, Sediqi’s jaw dropped when he opened the pouch to discover a series of clear plastic boxes filled with a fortune in cut diamonds, carefully mounted in Styrofoam.

The honest cabbie, a father of two who immigrated to the United States in the 1990s, immediately called police and handed over the king’s ransom in precious stones. [full story]