There’s an inspiring story in today’s edition of the Daily Telegraph about Essa Khan, a 50-year-old hotel cleaner in Pakistan, who found a bag stuffed with $50,000 worth of notes in a vacated room and handed it in to the hotel management who managed to track down the (very relieved) guest. The hotel cleaner earns just £200/year but explained his actions as follows:
“I have a responsibility as a human being, as a Pakistani, a Muslim. I never thought about keeping the money.”
Around fifteen years ago I was in Pakistan on a trip with some friends and one evening we went to a restaurant. We were waiting for our order when one of our party realised that he had left his £400 camera in the back of the taxi cab which had left several minutes beforehand. When we got back to our hotel we found that the cab driver had returned to hand in the camera. I thought that was impressive!
How sad to see a country that is filled with millions of similar hard-working honest people but is led by shameless thieves.