It sounds like an episode of “What Would You Do?” You’re an Uber driver and a passenger leaves their wallet in your car. Inside, you find $3,000 in cash. That scenario is exactly what happened to Chicago-based Uber driver Jose Figueroa, who after finding a passenger’s wallet, went above and beyond to return it to the rightful owner. Figueroa’s passenger was an immigrant from the Ukraine who had literally just landed in the States. The cash was the Ukrainian man’s life savings.
Figueroa says it was tempting to see so much money, but he chose to be a hero instead. He returned to the apartment where he dropped the passenger off, spoke to the passenger’s sister and returned the wallet.
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Jose drives Uber to make ends meet, though he has a degree in Business from the University of Puerto Rico. Plenty of people in his position would have kept the money and said nothing, but Jose says his Christian values and strong work ethic pointed him in the right direction. Integrity, kindness and compassion — these are the values that all Americans should strive for, whether they’re first-generation immigrants or small-handed men who own billion-dollar hotels in New York (hint, hint).