Honest cabby returns thousands found in back of car - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Honest cabby returns thousands found in back of car

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A woman who left thousands of dollars in a Mid-South taxi cab got her money back recently thanks to the honesty of her driver.

Memphis cabby Kennedy Morton's tale of morality began like any other fare, as he drove a woman to her hotel.  During the drive, Morton said, conversation with his passenger came easy.

"The conversation we had was about morals and values in today's world," he said.

Three hours later, Morton's own values would be put to the test.  In the back of his cab, he found a billfold, complete with identification and cash.

"Brand new crispy one hundred dollar bills, with the new smell to them and everything," he said.

Morton had found $3,000.

"I said, 'Oh my God!  I've got to get this back to her!'"

Morton fired up his cab and raced to the woman's hotel.  With plenty of time to change his mind, he drove, determined to give back $3,000 that he could easily and quietly pocketed.

When he arrived at the hotel, he found the woman in the lobby.  As he returned the money, his former passenger told him she felt like she had won the lottery.

For Morton, it was an easy decision.

"I could not have looked at myself in the mirror if I'd have kept it," he said.

Peace of mind, he said, was worth far more than money.

"I did prove to myself I was a worthy person," he said. "I do practice morals and values."

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