Helping A Stranger Get Home
--by ssn585, posted Jun 3, 2007
While we were waiting, I listened in on a student from Australia trying to fix a problem with her itinerary. The agent told her that it would cost an additional $300 over what she had already paid to get an itinerary that did not include a ten hour overnight layover in LA. She didn't have the money and I heard her say she would just have to sleep in the airport.
I walked up and told the clerk to give her the straight itinerary and I'd pay the difference. The student started to decline, probably wondering why a 41 year old man she didn't know was making the offer. The friend I was with stepped up and told her she should feel free to take it, that I did this sort of thing all the time and it was a genuine goodwill gesture.
She thanked me and asked fo my email address. I gave her my business card and I ended up getting thank you cards from her and her mother.