Pakistani hotel cleaner returns $50,000 in cash left behind by forgetful guest

Pakistani worker lauded for honesty. While cleaning a room as part of his job at the Gilgit Serena Hotel in northern Pakistan, Mr. Essa Khan found US$50,000 that had been left behind by a guest who worked for the Japan International Co-operation Agency. Mr. Khan alerted hotel staff of the money and the general manager was able to track down the guest and return the lost cash the next day. Mr. Khan humbly said, “I have a responsibility as a human being, as a Pakistani, a Muslim. I never thought about keeping the money.” The hotel’s general manager Mr. Rashid Uddid commended his actions, saying, “In these economic conditions, and in a region of poverty, we should be very, very proud of people like this.”

Yes, Mr. Essa Khan, we are proud too! We join in lauding your exemplary integrity. May your noble example of honesty uplift us all toward actions that inspire greater trust among all humankind. For his pure-minded sincerity, Supreme Master Ching Hai is honoring Mr. Khan with the Shining World Honesty Award, along with US$1,000.


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