Viral: A woman went viral after forgetting her passport and being saved by a Good Samaritan
One of the worst things to happen when on holiday is to forget a passport when at the airport.
A woman travelling in Japan found this out the hard way when she arrived at Tokyo airport.
She quickly realised that she didn’t have her passport and that she had left it at her hotel in Kyoto, when she got to Tokyo Narita Airport.
In an attempt to still make her flight, she posted her problem on discuss forum Reddit in a bid to find someone to help her.
What happened next was a shocking feat of success.
Under the username bibimbopbop, she wrote: “Hello, being a complete idiot I left my passport in Kyoto at a hotel and now I have a flight from Tokyo Narita at 630pm.
“Is there anyone that happens to be coming back to Tokyo in the next few hours that I could meet at the airport or anywhere in Tokyo?
“Such a long shot but I would eternally grateful and willing to compensate!!”
To her surprise, someone under the name OneForkShort, later named as Vincent Maggio, accepted the challenge, quickly stating: “What hotel. I’m in Osaka with nothing to do today and I feel like an adventure.”
After the pair of them messaged each other privately for the details, he managed to retrieve the US passport from the hotel, commenting on his Instagram: “The documents have been acquired! “
Viral: The woman needed to make her 6:30pm Narita Airport flight
Many followed his journey as they waited to see if he would make it to the airport in time
Many followed his journey as they waited to see if he would make it to the airport in time.
He was required to take the 1:19pm train to meet her at the airport at 3:35pm, giving plenty of time before her flight.
Along the way, a number of pictures of his journey with his meals and signposts kept people on tenterhooks.
He eventually wrote: “So do you want the good news or the bad news? Bad news: I’m not going to make the 1:19 to Tokyo.
“Good News: Because I’m on the 12:35.”
An image on his account then showed the young woman with her passport in front of her face, showing the successful delivery of her document so she could make her flight.
She later wrote on the Reddit forum: “This dude was so stand up that after thanking him profusely he acted like he had barely even done me a favour.”
Viral: The Good Samaritan ended up delivering it in time
Online users praised the positive story, with one writing: “It’s hard to remember that there are selfless, good people in the world still. Great job!”
Another person who appeared to know the deliverer wrote: “Seeing this journey of heroism and kindness isn’t new for you.
“You’ve always been such an amazing person who gives more than they take. Now everyone can see a piece of that.”
Mr Maggio told Travel + Leisure why he decided to do it: “I really had nothing else to do that day, and someone needed help. It’s that simple.
“When the help request popped up on my Reddit feed, I was actively trying to think of something to do that day that would be fun but let me avoid the crowds.”
What should you do if your passport is lost or stolen?