The worst nightmare for a traveller has to be losing or forgetting their passport. Without it, you’re grounded and can’t do anything about it. Last weekend, one woman forgot hers in a hotel room before heading to the airport and reached out to the internet in a desperate attempt to get it back.
Reddit user bibimbopbop posted a thread in an attempt to get her passport back from her hotel in Kyoto.
“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,” the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, wrote in a Reddit post. “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!!”
Her comment quickly received thousands of up-votes on the Japan Travel subreddit and loads of encouraging comments from people.
Reddit user OneForkShort, whose real name is Vincent Maggio, stepped up to become the woman’s travel hero.
“What hotel. I’m in Osaka with nothing to do today and I feel like an adventure,” Maggio wrote on reddit.
“I really had nothing else to do that day, and someone needed help. It’s that simple,” Maggio told Travel + Leisure. “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. The [poster] did me a favor honestly.”
Ready for his adventure, the two users connected and bibimbopbop’s had a friend call the hotel to set up the drop. Everyone on the reddit thread was left waiting to follow the adventure, which Maggio happily documented on his Instagram.
“If I make the 1:19 Shinkansen to Tokyo, I’ll get there at 3:35. Her flight leaves at 6:25, so she should have plenty of time believe it or not,” Maggio wrote on Reddit.
“Alright redditors, the adventure begins. I’m on the limited express from Kyobashi to Kyoto,” Maggio added minutes later.
Maggio explained on Reddit that the only way to get from Kyobashi to Kyoto on time was to travel by train. Luckily, Japan has amazing train systems and this was possible for him.
Just after saying he was on his way, Maggio shared some bad news with the reddit thread to add to the suspense.
“Ummmm so do you want the good news or the bad news? Bad news: I’m not going to make the 1:19 to Tokyo.” But wait a minute, he then added, “Good News: Because I’m on the 12:35.” Thank goodness!
Thankfully for the woman, he was able to get the passport delivered with plenty of time to spare. He also acted like it was no big deal.
“This dude was so stand up that after thanking him profusely he acted like he had barely even done me a favor,” bibimbopbop wrote, ending the reddit chain.
“This was seriously just a routine errand in my book, No biggie at all,” Maggio said. “I was just doing someone a favor that was fun for me too. It was certainly no chore. I’m really happy a bunch of people got to see the photos from the journey.”