On November 15, 2015 at around 8PM Local time, I was in the Istanbul Ataturk airport (in Turkey) in the checkout of the restaurant “Turcuisine” attempting to buy a small dinner (soup, chicken and rice, and two drinks) for my husband who was sick in our hotel room across the concourse.
It was at this point I noticed that my wallet was missing from the zippered portion of my jacket. As I was starting to panic, alone, trying desperately to communicate that I couldn’t pay for this (how do I ask them to hold it for me while I run to get money?), as well as trying to figure out the Turkish word for Police to report my missing wallet, when a man steps up from behind me and calmly says:
“I’m so sorry this has happened to you. Don’t worry, I’ll pay for it.“
I didn’t get his name, and I was in such a panic at the time that all I remember was he had dark hair and looked to have been Middle Eastern or South Asian (although he could just as easily have been from South America. I was freaking out at the time.)
I make it a habit to do similar things to other people, and this is actually the first time this specific thing has been done for me. I always pay it forward, I would love to find him and thank him properly and let him know his kindness hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially in the wake of all the other stuff going on in the world right now.
This was such an amazingly bad-ass random act by a stranger, I am sure I’ll never forget it.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-random-bad-ass-acts-by-strangers-that-impressed-you
Originally Posted On: 2016-01-14