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​Taxi driver in Ho Chi Minh City returns lost wallet to S. Korean policeman

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 19:03 GMT+7
​Taxi driver in Ho Chi Minh City returns lost wallet to S. Korean policeman
Shin Seung Hyun (L) shakes hands with Nguyen Le Minh Duc at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, June 27, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A taxi driver in Ho Chi Minh City searched high and low for his customer, a South Korean police officer who left a wallet in his car on Tuesday.

Shin Seung Hyun showed sincere gratitude to the driver when the wallet was returned.

“I’m a policeman whose job involves retrieving lost possessions for other people, but I didn’t ever expect that someone would one day return things I lost. I’m extremely grateful for that.”

“When I discovered I had lost my wallet with all my identification papers, warrant card, and money, I nearly went crazy because I didn’t know what to do.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Vinasun taxi driver Nguyen Le Minh Duc found Hyun’s wallet on the seat of his vehicle.

Duc dialed a phone number he found in the wallet, and enlisting the help of acquaintance Nguyen Minh Chau, a Korean speaker, who was able to set up a meeting with Hyun.

“When the passenger received the wallet, he was very happy and said something in Korean that I didn’t understand, but he also said ‘cam on’ [thank you],” Duc recalled.

“My mother always taught me to return lost items to their owners. Besides, I had a deep empathy with him because I’ve had people return things I’ve lost on two separate occasions.”

Clockwise from left to right: Shin Seung Hyun, interpreter Nguyen Minh Chau, and Nguyen Le Minh Duc, pose for photos at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, June 27, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Clockwise from left to right: Shin Seung Hyun, interpreter Nguyen Minh Chau, and Nguyen Le Minh Duc, pose for photos at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, June 27, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Chau clearly remembered Hyun’s words when she called him.

“To be honest, I’m a police officer and tourist here. I’m so lucky. How can I repay the driver?” Chau recounted Shin Seung Hyun’s words.

Duc and the foreigner decided to meet each other at a restaurant in downtown Saigon on Wednesday night.

“I was so happy that I was on the verge of tears. I call this destiny. Hope to see you in Seoul,” Shin Seung Hyun recalled.

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