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Taxi driver helps lost girl find her mother

A SHANGHAI cabbie received a thank you letter yesterday for helping a lost 11-year-old girl find her mother last month.

The mother, surnamed Ye, and her daughter are from Taizhou City in Zhejiang Province and were reportedly in Shanghai to see doctors. They were staying with the girl’s grandmother in Putuo District.

On November 25, they took a bus to Shanghai Children’s Hospital in Jing’an District. The bus was crowded and they sat separately.

The girl got off alone when the bus stopped at the Caoyang area in Putuo.

Ye called police when she arrived at their intended stop and realized her daughter was no longer on the bus.

Zhang Xuelian, who works for Dazhong Taxi Co, said he saw the girl lingering around the Caoyang Shopping Mall.

“She seemed like she wanted to call a taxi, but was a bit afraid,” the 47-year-old said.

He stopped and talked to the girl. She told him she had walked for hours from Songhong Road Station on Metro Line 2 to the shopping mall — a distance of nearly 7 kilometers.

“She said she felt too tired to walk any further and needed help,” Zhang said.

Zhang added he didn’t think it was a scam despite reports of tricks involving children on the roads.

 “I just felt sad seeing a lost little girl,” he said.

Zhang didn’t charge for the ride and the girl gave him her mother’s cellphone number. A Putuo police officer picked up the phone when Zhang called. Zhang was told Ye was in a patrol car nearby.

Ten minutes later, the girl and her mother were reunited. Ye offered Zhang 750 yuan (US$123) as a reward, but the cabbie refused, saying it was “no big deal.”


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