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(New York Daily News)   Honest Vegas taxi driver finds $221,510 in his cab and doesn't hit the casinos. Cash cab jokes to the right   (nydailynews.com) divider line 55
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2012-10-10 07:24:30 PM
What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.
 
2012-10-10 08:15:49 PM
Wow. I'd like to think I'd turn it in, but...
 
2012-10-10 09:11:13 PM
This is a man of character. He makes $350 a week, yet does the right thing.
 
2012-10-10 10:33:28 PM
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2012-10-10 10:34:08 PM

BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.


The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.
 
2012-10-10 11:10:30 PM
This somewhat restores my faith in mankind.
 
2012-10-10 11:12:09 PM

Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.


I'm pretty sure the IRS got their pound of flesh before they gave him anything.
 
2012-10-10 11:16:19 PM
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2012-10-10 11:16:51 PM

Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.


good luck now since it's all over the news, I imagine the IRS be sending him a letter
 
2012-10-10 11:17:48 PM

davidphogan: Wow. I'd like to think I'd turn it in, but...


Pfft. I'd like to think I wouldn't and I'd get away with it.

Then again, I'm kind of a dick.
 
2012-10-10 11:21:42 PM
Honest Vegas taxi driver finds $221,510 in his cab and doesn't hit the casinos.

He invested it instead?
 
2012-10-10 11:25:07 PM

BeerBear: Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.

good luck now since it's all over the news, I imagine the IRS be sending him a letter


I certainly hope the cabbie reports that tip. It's all over the news as well. But also, the cash was in a briefcase...how did the driver know what was in it if he didn't open it?
 
2012-10-10 11:25:25 PM
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/Shoulda kept the cash and returned the Loc-Nar.
 
2012-10-10 11:25:43 PM
CSB, When I first moved to NYC I was at a bar and left my card. I hopped in a cab and was halfway home (about $7 into the fare) and I realize I have no cash and he did not have a card reader in his car (this was awhile ago). We stop at my bank, which is on the way, and then I realize I don't even have my friggin card. Most cabbies would chew me out and leave me there to fend for myself. This guy, turned off his meter and drove me back to the bar 1 minute before they closed. On the way back home, he does not turn the meter back on until we get to where he had turned it off - like it never happened.

He got a monster tip.

/Was also held hostage in a cab by a total asshat of a cabbie so I guess it is all even
 
2012-10-10 11:28:37 PM
That's a helluva Red Light Challenge.
 
2012-10-10 11:35:49 PM

Plant Rights Activist: Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.

I'm pretty sure the IRS got their pound of flesh before they gave him anything.


Yep. I think once you get over $10,000 in winnings, they simply take their cut off the top.
 
2012-10-10 11:49:59 PM
Good on the cabbie. Not for nothin', but with $220 large of gains (or losses) the casino would be driving my ass to the airport in a limo with strippers and champagne and my personal casino host asking me when I'd be back again.
 
2012-10-10 11:54:59 PM

Plant Rights Activist: Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.

I'm pretty sure the IRS got their pound of flesh before they gave him anything.


He would of had to supply his ID and SSN for a 1099-G before getting the winnings. Government gets theirs.
 
2012-10-10 11:58:07 PM

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/Shoulda kept the cash and returned the Loc-Nar.


Satisfied.
 
2012-10-10 11:58:13 PM
Take the money and head to the nearest Casino and bet it all one Red or Black, your choice. If you win, turn the money over to the owner and be a hero with a big win. If you loose... back pack full of money... what back pack full of money? I didn't take it, no one saw me take it, you can't prove a thing.

/except for all those security cameras of course.
 
2012-10-11 12:01:19 AM
How do we really know this guy's honest? Maybe he takes the tunnel to get to the strip.
 
2012-10-11 12:06:25 AM
Admirably honest cabby. Glad he got a tip. Should have been 10% ($20k).
 
2012-10-11 12:16:01 AM

Brick-House: Take the money and head to the nearest Casino and bet it all one Red or Black, your choice. If you win, turn the money over to the owner and be a hero with a big win. If you loose... back pack full of money... what back pack full of money? I didn't take it, no one saw me take it, you can't prove a thing.

/except for all those security cameras of course.


huh?
 
2012-10-11 12:18:01 AM
they don't tax winnings on table games only slot machines
 
2012-10-11 12:19:26 AM
Would I return a 1/4 $M wedding ring? Absolutely. Would I return $221,510 in cash left somewhere in Vegas? I dunno... Did they have a name, or were they relying on someone to call and claim it was theirs? Would the cab company keep it if no one called?

More importantly, would the owner be grateful, or say, "where's the other $28,490?!?!?"

"Gosh, Godfather, that cabbie must have stolen the rest. I don't know nothin' about it."

or maybe

"We know you robbed Such-and-Such Bank, Mr. Cabbie. Tell us where to find your partner and the rest of the money, or you'll spend the rest of your life being traded for cigarettes."

I think I might just take the next plane out and never look back.
 
2012-10-11 12:24:04 AM
You know, you might think of who left it and what they might do to get it back. Make a public display of turning it in is the safest way to go.
 
2012-10-11 12:26:35 AM

AlwaysRightBoy: This is a man of character. He makes $350 a week, yet does the right thing.


Bah!

He thought it was a trap.
 
2012-10-11 12:27:42 AM

uber humper: Plant Rights Activist: Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.

I'm pretty sure the IRS got their pound of flesh before they gave him anything.

He would of had to supply his ID and SSN for a 1099-G before getting the winnings. Government gets theirs.


$1500 in Tampa required an ID.
 
2012-10-11 12:34:32 AM

StoPPeRmobile: uber humper: Plant Rights Activist: Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.

I'm pretty sure the IRS got their pound of flesh before they gave him anything.

He would of had to supply his ID and SSN for a 1099-G before getting the winnings. Government gets theirs.

$1500 in Tampa required an ID.


It would be a universal federal requirement. I've never won enough for it, but I've seen it handed out many times. Not quite sure what the exact amount is. $1,500 sounds right -- when I usually see them is when someone hits a royal on video poker (max bet quarters)  which would be around the $1,500
 
2012-10-11 12:49:02 AM
Cab driver who doesn't want to risk getting shot to fark and back more like it.
 
2012-10-11 12:50:43 AM

Uncle Pooky: Plant Rights Activist: Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.

I'm pretty sure the IRS got their pound of flesh before they gave him anything.

Yep. I think once you get over $10,000 in winnings, they simply take their cut off the top.


Only if the guy who won doesn't live in the US. If the winner lives in the US, the casino will issue a Form 1099-G, but they aren't required to withhold any taxes.
 
2012-10-11 12:56:01 AM

Brick-House: Take the money and head to the nearest Casino and bet it all one Red or Black, your choice. If you win, turn the money over to the owner and be a hero with a big win. If you loose... back pack full of money... what back pack full of money? I didn't take it, no one saw me take it, you can't prove a thing.

/except for all those security cameras of course.


You must be one of the foreign investors!

/obscure?
 
2012-10-11 12:59:00 AM
Honesty? Decency? Yeah uh, the dude would have ended up in jail if he didn't turn it in and so would you. Theft is theft.
 
2012-10-11 12:59:59 AM

worthlessjuan: you might think of who left it and what they might do to get it back


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2012-10-11 01:16:53 AM

Uncle Pooky: Plant Rights Activist: Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.

I'm pretty sure the IRS got their pound of flesh before they gave him anything.

Yep. I think once you get over $10,000 in winnings, they simply take their cut off the top.


It's $1200 I'm pretty sure.

There's lots of slot jackpots that are $1199.
 
2012-10-11 01:22:18 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: How do we really know this guy's honest? Maybe he takes the tunnel to get to the strip.


Golf clap.
 
2012-10-11 01:28:51 AM

MaxAwesome: Admirably honest cabby. Glad he got a tip. Should have been 10% ($20k).


Agreed wtf 2 grand. That man could have completely lost all that cash.
 
2012-10-11 01:37:58 AM

Pray 4 Mojo: Uncle Pooky: Plant Rights Activist: Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.

I'm pretty sure the IRS got their pound of flesh before they gave him anything.

Yep. I think once you get over $10,000 in winnings, they simply take their cut off the top.

It's $1200 I'm pretty sure.

There's lots of slot jackpots that are $1199.


The $1200 threshold is only the threshold at which a 1099-G must be issued -- unless the winner lives outside of the US, there is no requirement for the casino to withhold any portion of the winnings for taxes.
 
2012-10-11 01:42:20 AM

cuzsis: Brick-House: Take the money and head to the nearest Casino and bet it all one Red or Black, your choice. If you win, turn the money over to the owner and be a hero with a big win. If you loose... back pack full of money... what back pack full of money? I didn't take it, no one saw me take it, you can't prove a thing.

/except for all those security cameras of course.

You must be one of the foreign investors!

/obscure?


Im not newarly as dashing as Riker.
 
2012-10-11 01:56:36 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: How do we really know this guy's honest? Maybe he takes the tunnel to get to the strip.


Are you saying he has a checkered past?
 
2012-10-11 02:08:01 AM
There comes a time in every person's life when they are tested and for people of character doing the right thing is enough.
There is a certain satisfaction that comes from that.

It would have been nice if he had got a bigger reward. I'm sure he could have used it.
 
2012-10-11 02:13:58 AM
Would have really been something if the final sentence to the story was the cabbie going into a casino and spending some of that reward on just one slot pull and hitting a $250k jackpot.
 
2012-10-11 02:29:12 AM
But was he a MUSLIM Ethiopian refugee?

He kinda looks like a Christian to me.AX
 
2012-10-11 02:31:26 AM

uber humper: Plant Rights Activist: Shostie: BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check? This "winner" was on his way to the airport when he realized the money was missing. TSA probably would have "disappeared" him.

The kind of idiot trying to avoid reporting it on his taxes.

I'm pretty sure the IRS got their pound of flesh before they gave him anything.

He would of had to supply his ID and SSN for a 1099-G before getting the winnings. Government gets theirs.


I'm guessing he owed child support or in the process of getting a divorce, and $221K showing up in his bank account could be "a problem". The casino has to tell the IRS, but not everyone you might owe money to. Well AFAIK, banks won't be under any kind of court order to auto-report deposits to your ex, but they might subpoena your bank records at some point and a $221K balance would be "interesting", whereas if done in cash they wouldn't be able to see it until the tax return was filed, right?
 
2012-10-11 02:42:00 AM
He tried to hit the casinos, but most of them are too far back from the road and are protected by bollards and lots of landscaping.
 
2012-10-11 03:19:13 AM

Oznog: I'm guessing he owed child support or in the process of getting a divorce, and $221K showing up in his bank account could be "a problem". The casino has to tell the IRS, but not everyone you might owe money to. Well AFAIK, banks won't be under any kind of court order to auto-report deposits to your ex, but they might subpoena your bank records at some point and a $221K balance would be "interesting", whereas if done in cash they wouldn't be able to see it until the tax return was filed, right?


As long as we're down to guessing, I bet this guy was laundering his meth money through the casino. Better call Saul..

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2012-10-11 03:31:34 AM
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2012-10-11 03:40:50 AM
I'd turn in every last penny of that $158
 
2012-10-11 05:19:28 AM
Some dumbass won $221,510 and he let it ride?
 
2012-10-11 05:53:33 AM

BarkingUnicorn: What kind of idiot takes $221K in cash instead of a check?


That I can kinda see. What I can't fathom is how you forget it in a farking cab!
I would have kept it. Fark that moran.
 
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