Honest baht bus driver returns bag containing 70,000 baht

Friday, 05 September 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

An honest Pattaya baht bus driver saved a Burmese woman from a financial crisis when he returned a purse she left behind that contained more than 70,000 baht in cash and jewelry.

Korapat Teerapripruek, driver of Pattaya Transportation Cooperative bus No. 83, said he had taken Khaign Khin Oo, her friend and two children from the Numchai electronics store to Naklua Soi 33 and, after they alighted, picked up another foreign couple who found the bag and turned it in to him.

Korapat Teerapripruek (left), driver of Pattaya Transportation Cooperative bus No. 83, turns the lost handbag and its contents in to cooperative President Thawat Puagboonnak (right) at headquarters where it was later claimed by its rightful owner.Korapat Teerapripruek (left), driver of Pattaya Transportation Cooperative bus No. 83, turns the lost handbag and its contents in to cooperative President Thawat Puagboonnak (right) at headquarters where it was later claimed by its rightful owner.

Inside the handbag was the 19-year-old woman’s work permit, passport, 22,830 baht and about 50,000 baht in gold necklaces and rings.

Korapat, 48, turned the bag in to cooperative President Thawat Puagboonnak, saying he didn’t want to keep it for himself because he knew that Oo would be in a lot of trouble if she lost the bag.

The cooperative contacted the Burmese woman who picked it up at cooperative headquarters Aug. 18, expressing her deep-felt appreciation with a small reward.

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