Balwant Singh Dhillon a Perth based student from Punjab has been showered with praise after he returned a diamond ring worth $25,000 that was left in his cab.
Balwant Singh Dhillon had driven Thomas Carlton for a short distance in Perth and Mr Carlton was in such a rush that he left his wedding ring in Dhillon’s taxi. Mr Carlton was at a loss as to where the ring could have gone and searched everywhere for it, before finally contacting the taxi firm.
Balwant speaking with told SBS Radio stated that he is glad that he was able to help someone in such a ‘tough situation’.
“I am happy that it was in my car. But there’s nothing special about it. I was just doing my job,” he said.
“I want to spread this message among my fellow workers that honesty is the best, the noblest, of all human values.
“I was told that the ring cost around $50,000. But the cost is not important to me as it’s my duty to return what is not mine,” he said.
Balwant searched his taxi and found the ring after reading a description on his taxi’s switchboard.
“There’re so many generic messages that you’d normally skip them. But luckily, I read it and I could easily match the description of this Adelaide-based gentleman. So I found it,” he said.
Mr Carlton was extremely happy to get back the lost ring and praised Mr Dhillon for returning it to him.
“What a great guy! He made my day, my month, my year… That was the best act of kindness that I could think about, such a fantastic guy,” he told SBS Radio.
“It was awful. We were so upset. We are lucky to get our wedding ring back. It could have been a big disaster since the insurance had just lapsed a day ago.”
Balwant works part-time with Swans Taxi Service. He said he was very pleased to see a ‘happy customer’ after he returned his belonging.
“He offered me reward in cash that I declined. But he forcefully pushed a few $50 notes in my pocket,” he says. “My true reward is his smile that made my day. In the end, this is what you work for – the customer satisfaction.”
“There’s so much negativity spread about taxi drivers. I wanted to share this story to let people know that taxi drivers are getting a ‘bad name’ due to some bad examples while there is plenty of good that is normally not shared with people.”
Balwant is currently an international student studying a diploma in automotive technology at a Perth-based college.
Originally from the village of Sur Singh Wala in the Firozpur District of Punjab, he moved to Australia in 2015.