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Taxi driver rages at ‘cheap’ Neuer after wallet return

The doorman left his wallet with 800 euros and personal documents inside the vehicle, and although rewarding the driver, it wasn’t to his liking.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich reacts during the pre-season friendly match between DC United and Bayern Munich at Audi Field on July 20, 2022 in Washington, DC.   Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP
Tim NwachukwuAFP

Manuel Neuer has gone viral with a gesture that has given rise to various interpretations and opinions. This event actually dates back to a few weeks ago, when the German international and a friend got into a taxi that they took in the center of Munich to go to a neighborhood of luxury apartments, located in the Lehel district.

Neuer drops wallet in German taxi

Hazir S, the driver of the vehicle, first realized who his client was, but preferred to remain respectful throughout the journey.

I recognized Neuer right away, but I didn’t go near him,” he says.

However, this is not all, the taxi driver cleaned the interior of his car after finishing his working day and found the Bavarian goalkeeper’s wallet in one of the seats in the back.

The wallet contained 800 euros in cash, as well as an identity document, driving license and various bank cards. For this reason, the professional driver’s intention was to return the bag to its owner, since he had all the information to make the delivery to his home. First, he went to the point where both passengers got off, but they were no longer there, so he headed towards the home of the goalkeeper.

Neuer’s reward that angered the taxi driver

The taxi driver went to Lake Tegernsee to return the bag to its owner, but Neuer was not there either, so he left the bag with a trustworthy man from the house, and explained to the doorman what had happened. In fact, the driver told him that he had traveled around 120 kilometers to make the safe return.

The taxi driver’s expectations of some sort of reward were clear from his reaction to what he ended up with. Yes, there was a thank you from the Bayern Munich captain but it was a club jersey that he rewarded him with. A gift that angered Hazir.

This finders fee is ridiculous. I have four children. I can’t do anything with the jersey,” he complained to Sky Germany, showing his true colors without revealing his actual footballing colors.

However, there is a German law that regulates the right to reward people for finding a lost object and this does not cover this taxi driver. The legislation states that those items with a value greater than 500 euros, correspond to a 5% return, while the remaining 300 euros would be at 3%, which means that he would be entitled to a reward of 34 euros. Clearly Neuer could have chosen differently, and maybe the next time the driver will not be so willing to make the journey. We hope he will though...