(Inset) The lost wallet with HK$100,000 in banknotes found in a taxi. Photos: Facebook, iStock

A 25-year-old Hong Kong man was praised widely on the Internet after he returned a wallet containing more than HK$100,000 (US$12,700) in cash to its owner.

The good Samaritan named Howers shared his “unforgettable birthday” on Sunday on social media, news website HK01.com reported.

Howers said he celebrated his birthday with friends on Saturday night. The next morning, while taking a taxi home, he found a wallet in the back seat of the cab. Inside the wallet he found about 100 HK$1,000 banknotes, some 100 renminbi banknotes, an identity card and a business card.

“At that moment, I only thought of how to find the owner,” Howers said.

Howers later successfully contacted the owner, a businessman from Shenzhen, China, and returned the wallet to him. Out of gratitude, the man wanted to give Howers a reward and stuffed some HK$1,000 banknotes into his pocket, but the young man refused to take it, telling the businessman that he did not do it for a reward.

Howers later posted his experience on Facebook, saying he wanted to share the positive story with the public on his birthday.

He said integrity and trust were the core values taught to him by his parents that he treasured the most.

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