The Bag Fee Samaritan
An anonymous gesture of kindness helped a traveler in a bind.
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Is there anything more annoying or embarrassing than trying to pay for something with a credit card, only to have it declined? How about when that something is a mandatory baggage fee when you’re rushing to catch a flight?
Luckily for Andy, who shared his story on Reddit and wished to only be identified by his first name, help was there when he needed it most. After stepping out of line in Tampa airport to desperately find a solution to his problem, he returned and found that an anonymous Good Samaritan had paid his baggage fee for him. On the receipt was a note that read, “Hey. I heard them say your card was declined. I know how it feels. Your bag fee’s on me. Just pay it forward the next time you get a chance. Have a safe flight :)”
As the story has gotten more and more attention, Andy told Yahoo! that he would indeed pay it forward, but didn’t have his act of kindness planned out, explaining, “I think it will be a random decision, a spur-of-the-moment type thing. I really don’t think that that person walked into that airport, saying, ‘I’m going to pay someone’s baggage fee today.’ So neither will I.”
Andy’s Reddit post garnered hundreds of comments from other readers about random acts of kindness they’d encountered, and more than 20,000 “upvotes” (similar to Facebook “likes”). From paying off strangers’ layaway bills to buying someone else’s coffee, it seems that plenty of people are putting the “pay it forward” philosophy into practice.
Have you been on the receiving end of a kind act? How do you pay it forward? Let us know.