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Kindness of Strangers

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Kindness of Strangers

A fortnight ago a team of three complete strangers came together to deliver me my new computer, I had accidentally left it in the back of a taxi in Sydney. Their collective actions have left me with a feeling of great joy, a more positive outlook on my life and a comfort that there are such wonderful people in the world (despite the gloom reported in the media). But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me tell you the whole story.

Two weeks ago I presented at ad:tech in Sydney. It was a big couple of days and in my tired state I inadvertently left my three-week-old Apple Mac Air on the back seat of the taxi on arrival at the airport. I rescheduled my flight home and waited around in the vague hope that the taxi driver might return. Whilst waiting I tried calling numerous taxi companies to locate the taxi. As the tax invoice did not state the taxi number I didn’t have a way to determine which taxi it was. I quickly learned that taxi companies were of little help as most act as booking agents.

With few other options I boarded the plane, accepting that it was highly unlikely I was ever going to see that computer again. It was the second computer I had lost in a month as my home had previously been broken into and my computer stolen.

To my surprise (and delight) I received a text from a woman called Debbie within minutes of landing in Melbourne. She was with a taxi driver called Taz. They had discovered my computer on the back seat of his taxi. She wanted to let me know that Taz’s phone wasn’t working but gave me his number to contact him the next day after midday as he was planning on driving well into that night. Hooray! I was so excited.

I spent the next day wondering how I was going to get my computer from Sydney to Melbourne. Could I rely on the taxi driver to organise a courier who could pack my computer safely? I shared the story with my friend Susan and she immediately offered that her partner would bring it back the following week whilst he was in Sydney for work. Great. Things were coming together with another generous offer to help me.

The next day I called Taz as directed and was a little alarmed when his phone still wasn’t working. Would his phone ever work and would I be able to track him down again? Late that day I received a call from a woman called Sharna. She was in the back of Taz’s taxi. She was calling to let me know that Taz still had my computer but his phone still wasn’t working. She was in Sydney for work and would be flying back to Melbourne the next morning. Sharna offered to bring my computer back. No way! I couldn’t believe my good fortune.

The next afternoon I met Sharna in person at her office and retrieved my computer. Soon I will return to Sydney to present at the Mumbrella Travel Marketing Summit. I will use the opportunity to look up Taz, the taxi driver, to thank him for his honesty and concern and for co-ordinating a team of strangers to deliver my computer back to me.

Thank you, Debbie The Great, Sharna The Legend and Terrific Taz. You have restored my faith in humanity.

The media fills us with horrible news events of the world. I want to share with you the beauty and kindness that exists in this same world. I hope this story inspires you to show great kindness to others. Sometimes small acts of kindness can have tremendous impact.

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