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Crackhouseceilidhband asks: Has anyone ever been nice to you, out of the blue, for no reason? Have you ever helped an old lady across the road, even if she didn't want to? Make me believe that the world is a better place than the media and experience suggest

(, Thu 9 Feb 2012, 13:03)
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I'm sure this is a pea roast but still ...........
Back about 5 years ago Mr Entity and I went to Japan. We had a brilliant two weeks in Tokyo until the last day

Our final day on Tokyo was also my birthday. So we decided to use up our last Yen on a dinner out. One of the side dishes we had was shiitake mushrooms.
Train back to the hotel, all packed and ready to leave at about 7.30 in the morning.
It was at this point a horrible realisation dawned on us, Japanese train stations don't take credit cards. Or at least they didn't in those days. We needed to buy our train tickets to the airport. The only ATMs we could use with English cards were the ones in Post Offices, which were all shut at the time and wouldn't open until 9 am. We had the thought that there might be cash points in central Tokyo that we could use. A quick look online showed us that there was. We had enough cash left for one of us to get to central Tokyo. Obviously this would be Mr Entity.

It was at this point that we discovered Mr Entity's allergy to shiitake mushrooms. There was no way he could go anywhere. I asked at the hotel reception and there was nothing the could do. All we needed was 1000, which was about 5.

We were using the computer in the hotel lobby when a Canadian lady came in. She could see we were stressed and asked what the problem was. We told her and she handed over a 1000 note. I asked for her address and promised to give it back, but she refused. Her only request was that we do the same for someone else when they really need it one day.

We spent that night with Mr Entity being heroically ill from all available orifices.

Thanks to that lady we got back to the UK. I don't know what we would have done without her.
(, Tue 14 Feb 2012, 17:00, closed)

i really need 5
(, Tue 14 Feb 2012, 17:15, closed)

(, Tue 14 Feb 2012, 23:41, closed)
Canadian generosity
My best friend is Canadian. As a nation they seem to be exceedingly generous and kind, so this does not surprise me at all. Plus I have never visited a country that looks inwards rather than outwards more than Japan.

I had the same problem with the ATMs and perplexed looks when I tried to exchange Taiwanese dollars for yen, in spite of them being the nearest neighbours and providing the greatest numbers of tourists.
(, Tue 14 Feb 2012, 23:42, closed)
Waited a bit longer and got the next train?

(, Wed 15 Feb 2012, 16:22, closed)
And missed the plane
(, Wed 15 Feb 2012, 19:43, closed)

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