There’s a lousy truth to forgetting something in a Taxi.
It’s the fact that you’ll never get your stuff back if the driver doesn’t turn it in to begin with. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that aren’t likely to ever be returned (“I’m sorry sir–what did your money look like?”), because just as strong as the compulsion to Do The Right Thing is the Urge To Keep Someone Else’s Expensive Stuff.
But there are good people here, as filmmaker Casey Neistat found out when he left all his luggage–full of $13,238.86 worth of his personal equipment in the back of a taxi one night. He would have never gotten back his property back had the driver not reported his (meticulously labeled) luggage. Neistat documented the experience in a video for The New York Times, in which he also tracks down the driver to thank him personally.
New York can be a great place.
(Photo: Casey Neistat)