While travelling from one city to the next with Travel Man last week we lost his Bluetooth. It got left in the rental car when we were making a mad dash for the door to the terminal to escape the chilly Chicago “spring” weather. Unfortunately, we did not realize this had happened until we got into the rental car at our destination airport. The Bluetooth was brand new, it’s a pretty cool model, and Travel Man was bummed. After a few attempts to reach the rental car agency Travel Man finally got through to someone who could help him. The representative patched him through to the Chicago Midway terminal, and they checked to see if the car was still there, but it had already left the building. Travel Man left his phone numbers and asked the agent to contact him if they found the Bluetooth when the car was returned.
We were not holding out much hope that we would see the Bluetooth again. And a tiny, little side note; this entire phone calling phase of our day was going on while we were driving to Demopolis, AL from Birmingham. We were exhausted from the days’ travel, and locating the right phone number (me), and then getting through to the right person (Travel Man) was nearly like a navigational “discussion”. It was not pretty for a few minutes there, but we got through it. Let’s see that was on a Friday.
Travel Man had to work Saturday morning, and would you believe he got a phone call from the rental car representative. They let him know that his Bluetooth had been returned that morning, by the person who rented the car after us. This special person made a special trip back to the airport to return Travel Man’s Bluetooth. Awesome! The rental car agency shipped the Bluetooth back to our house, and it arrived a day after we got home from this trip.
If you’re a positive sort of person like Travel Man and I tend to be this is the kind of act that gives you a glimmer of hope. Yes there are good people out there in the world. Those people do kind things for one another on a regular basis; it’s a habit for them. So if the person who returned a Bluetooth to Chicago’s Midway terminal is reading this post, we thank you.
And now it’s our turn – to Pay It Forward. The kindness of a stranger goes a long way, probably even longer, when you’re travelling and away from home. We always try to go out of our way to be helpful to others, and when given the opportunity we both lend a helping hand. We are always happy to Pay It Forward. That kind of opportunity usually happens when you least expect it.
Have you had a chance to Pay It Forward recently?