Airports have oodles of rules that aren't really helping anyone, but here's a humdinger you might not know: some airlines will not accept cash for purchases at certain counters. You know, that stuff that literally says, "THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE"? Airlines, man. They don't care, and they don't have to. But let's have poor befuddled Delilah Cassidy pick up the story from there.
WOW okay so the most amazing thing just happened to me and I can’t help but share it with the world. American Airlines instituted a new policy where you have to pay to take a carry-on onto the plane. Which is ridiculous but off topic.— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018
They tell me that I’m going to have to miss the flight and head back to the ticket counter to pay down there. I’m pleading, devastated after a long day of travel. Then, this man walks up and says, “How much is it?” They tell him $50 and he says “I got it.”— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018
I’m crying as I write this and as I board the flight. This man was an angel. I stop him as he’s sitting in first class and try to give him my money but he just shook me off and told me to pay it forward.— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018
Anybody willing to help out a total stranger with a not-insignificant purchase deserves some significant props, but it just so happened that our angel was a public figure with a dashing smile and the further willingness to pose for a selfie.
It was comforting to see a random act of kindness that let someone get home, but this is a person with a ton of fans already - and they lined up for high fives.
As some were celebrating the Gresham's kindness, others were venting about freakin' airlines, man.
Hah! I can do you one better. Have to pay $45 dollars to check bag in for frontier if you do counter check in vs $35 online check in.— Petal (@Petal700) May 31, 2018
It is ridiculous. I got stuck paying an extra $120 for bags this Christmas!— Nutm3ggers (@nutm3ggers) May 31, 2018
American Airlines, you are much too cavalier with your clients. I have experienced this as well, and I have concierge class status. You are forming a toxic culture. Not good at all.— Henry Rosenberg (@hrdelima1) May 31, 2018
Before you ask, Of course there were tons of people trolling Delilah for not knowing the airline policy and for being a big jerk and so on. Someone actually used the hashtag #femaleprivilege because Twitter is hell. But let's try not to dwell on that - a gentleman with the means to help someone out of a real jam, and we would do well to follow his example.
Yes there are good people out there many many of them and paying it forward is the best way to repay them— H C (@hcraig0062_h) May 31, 2018