When SBS Transit bus driver Saw Cheong Seng was given a bag on Friday morning while he was driving service 63, he didn’t think much about it. A passing glance inside showed piles of paper, which he assumed were betting slips. The bag had been handed to him around 8:40am in the Outram Park area by a passenger, who said it was left behind by another commuter.
It was only after he completed his route at Eunos Bus Interchange that the 59-year-old took a second, clearer look at the bag, and found stacks of $100 and $50 notes in it. The total added up to $39,602.10, said The Straits Times.
Being the kind Samaritan he was, Saw turned over the bag to the interchange manager, who later put it in the hands of the police. A spokesman for SBS Transit said a police report had been lodged.
Saw, a senior bus captain who had worked for the company for 13 years, explained to ST that he wanted to ensure every single note was returned to the owner, adding that he would “feel troubled” if his passengers did not manage to retrieve their lost items, especially money.
On Facebook, SBS Transit praised the man for his “honesty and fine example,” saluting him for his upright actions.
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