I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...
- Jul 19, 2004
- Out of Bounds
This Liberian teenager found and returned $50,000 someone had lost alongside a road. He was rewarded for returning the money, but he was also mocked and even threatened for it, too.
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/africa-liberia-monrovia-f9b0519b3eafd1df5dd1ce843de05d91Liberian teen hailed hero after finding, returning $50,000
A teenager in Liberia has become a national hero after finding $50,000 on the road and returning it to its rightful owner in the northeastern Nimba County.
Eighteen-year-old Emmanuel Tuloe told The Associated Press Thursday that he was driving his motorcycle taxi on a highway when he saw a bunch of money wrapped in a plastic bag that had dropped unnoticed.
When he saw the money on Tuesday, he said “I was afraid because it was plenty; and so I brought it home and gave it to my aunty to keep until the owner could ask for it.”
That day, Musu Yancy, the businesswoman who had lost the money, went on the radio “crying for her money and appealing to anyone finding it,” he said. So he took it to her.
Tuloe said that while many Liberians are praising his actions, others including some friends, are mocking him for doing what is unusual in the post-war country. ...
He had dropped out of school in the seventh grade to begin a taxi service with his motorcycle to make money, he said.
“Since my decision, when I have a breakdown on the highway and some of my rider friends see me, they don’t help; they say I acted stupid to find and return money. I should let the money help me,” he told the AP from his hometown of Gbolor Dialla on the border with Ivory Coast.
“They tell me I will never get rich in my lifetime; they say because I returned such an amount of money I will live and die poor.”
He said he’s also received threats for his actions. ...
Yancy rewarded the boy with cash and materials valuing about $1,500, he said.