Another Day, Another Dollar (Make That 30 Cents)


Osman Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi cab driver who lives in Queens, discovered a black suitcase in his trunk Monday night after dropping a passenger off in Midtown Manhattan.

The owner, a woman who gave him a 30-cent tip on a $10.70 fare, accidentally left it in the trunk.

The suitcase contained 31 diamond rings.

Chowdhury spent hours trying to track the woman down, eventually calling her mother in Dallas after finding the number listed on a small tag.

“I’m not going to take someone else’s money or property to make me rich,” said Chowdhury, who has been in the US for the past 15 years, adding: “why would I think I could keep it? It wasn’t mine.”

In New York City, Bangladesh ranks as the “number one country of origin for first-time cab drivers.” Many, including Chowdhury, are members of New York’s Taxi Workers’ Alliance, founded by labor activist Bhairavi Desai.

Driving Miss Desi
The New York Cab Driver-Workout
The New York Taxi Workers’ Alliance is recognized by LeadershipForChange.Org

February 7, 2007
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  1. February 8, 2007, 10:48 am Suja,

    Thanks for the tipoff, We have also blogged about it.

  2. February 8, 2007, 5:59 pm Hilal

    good stuff! nice to hear, suja (and thanks for your visit)