A good Samaritan is justifiably getting praised for purchasing the airline ticket for a toddler whose father had no idea the toddler was two months over the age for flying free. But one should not forget to the lack of compassion exhibited by the airline.
A young man walked up to the counter at the airport in Omaha Nebraska. The agent asked him the age of his daughter. He was told he must purchase a ticket. His daughter is two. She was two months too old to fly free. The father was distraught. He said he could not afford the ticket with this short notice.
A stranger, a good Samaritan stepped up and purchased the ticket for the distraught father.
Kevin Leslie posted the event on Facebook. He wrote the following.
This happened right in front of me this morning and This woman needs to be commended. The gentlemen standing behind her purchased a ticket for himself while his daughter was still 1 year old. Her birthday was in January so now that she is 2 her ticket costs money. Same day tickets are very expensive and he could not afford to buy one or wait til another day to travel. This woman (total stranger) steps up and says “I’ll buy it for him”. 749$ to a total stranger. Please share this story cause people like this need to be heard about.
According to CBS News,
Both Leslie and the young father had no idea who the woman was — until Leslie posted about the woman’s act of kindness on Facebook. Within hours, people identified her as Debbie Bolton, the co-founder and global chief sales officer at Norwex.
Norwex confirmed Bolton’s identity to CBS News on Friday, saying they are “very proud” of her.
“We have always appreciated the loving spirit of Debbie Bolton,” Amy Cadora, chief marketing officer at Norwex, told CBS News. “She’s kind, caring and generous. That’s why none of us was a bit surprised when we saw the recent post on social media about her generosity.”
Several employees with the company also praised the woman for her inspiring act.
All corporations are not heartless. Employees of the corporations tend to reflect the spirit of their leadership. The airline employee showed no compassion. It was within her prevue to assess the situation and act in a customer friendly manner. She did not. Dennie Bolton, the executive, and co-founder of the network marketing company Norwex did. What is ironic is that many network marketing companies, leadership included, generally are not seen as the benevolent givers except for some return.
We should honor corporations that treat their customers well, that pay their employees well, that try to be positive towards society, that attempt to be more than an extractive force. It is one of the reasons I use Starbucks as my mobile office and buy their overpriced products; because they represent the above-mentioned tenets.