“You blew away your miracle” – Poor Taxi Driver ridiculed for returning $50,000 he found to owner

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The Liberian teen who found and returned money to a prominent businesswoman is now being mocked and threatened by those who oppose his actions.

After hearing the owner, Musu Yancy, appeal to the radio, Emmanuel Tuloe, 18, returned $50,000 (£37,000).

Tuloe, who dropped out of school in the seventh grade, has made a living by cycling.

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When his motorcycle taxi breaks down on the highway, his friends mock him, telling him he shouldn’t have returned the money.

“They say I’ll never be rich in my lifetime, that because I returned such a large sum of money, I’ll live and die poor,” he told the BBC.

Tuloe took the money in a plastic bag and gave it to his aunt for safekeeping before hearing Ms Yancy’s radio appeal.

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The cyclist was rewarded with money and other items, including a mattress, which he says he will give to his grandmother.

Tuloe claimed he was threatened while at Ms Yancy’s house for a celebration.

“I left and returned home because there were people in the crowd who were angry with me for returning the money, and they even threatened me, and so right now I need maximum protection,” he told the BBC from his hometown of Gbolor Dialla, near the border with Ivory Coast.

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Only a few friends, he claims, appreciate and thank him for his candour.

But, for the most part, he has managed to overcome the bullying and the temptation to regret his actions.

Tuloe advises other cyclists to always return lost and found items because they “don’t know what the future holds.”

The Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission says it is “deeply moved by the teen’s sincerity.”


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