18th Century Viola Returned By Taxi Driver

Here's a reminder for the next time you travel for business: don't forget your taxi receipt. A musician with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra got out of a cab, in Manhattan, and forgot her viola. The 18th century instrument was worth about $40,000. Taxi regulators used her receipt and GPS technology to figure out which cab she had been in. The instrument was returned safely.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is, don't forget your taxi receipt. A violist, a viola player with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, got out of the cab in Manhattan and forgot the viola. The 18th Century instrument was worth about $40,000, she'd been playing it for a couple of decades, but even as she mourned her loss taxi regulators were using GPS technology to figure out which cab she'd been in, there's the receipt. The use of it. They text-messaged the cab's computer and left voice mails on the driver's cell phone. And yesterday, as the viola player prepared to perform with a borrowed instrument, New York's Taxi and Limousine Commissioner showed up at her door, pulling a $40,000 instrument and a $20,000 bow. That's the business news on Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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